IMMIGRATION: To Find a Future

The U.S. might be worrying itself fretful over the high prices; it might be peevish over strikes or jittery about Communists. But the millions of Europe's war-ravaged continent had a more realistic view: America was still the great land of promise. In Greece, the U.S. embassy had enough applications to fill the immigration quota (307 a year) for 99 years.

Officials estimated that 14,000,000 Italians would emigrate to the U.S. if they could. In Portugal, the wait was ten years, in Ireland eight, in Austria three, in Palestine two or more.

A few were lucky. Last week Mr. & Mrs. Sybrand...

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