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IRO employees filled out this variation of the Statistical Card for DPs in Austria. They recorded the current details of the person as well as their DP status, i.e. the amount of support they received from the IRO. There was space on the back of the card for the individual stations the DPs passed through before they emigrated. However, these fields were left blank in most cases. In many cases, the Statistical Cards of the IRO in Austria specify when the DPs emigrated and where they went to.

In Austria, the Statistical Card existed during the early phase of the IRO’s existence already, between July 1947 and August 1948, when it was still operating under the name Preparatory Commission for the International Refugee Organization (PCIRO). These cards can be identified by the fact that PCIRO appears in the header and by the fact that the backs of the cards are blank.

IRO employees filled out this variation of the Statistical Card for DPs in Austria. They recorded the current details of the person as well as their DP status, i.e. the amount of support they received from the IRO. There was space on the back of the card for the individual stations the DPs passed through before they emigrated. However, these fields were left blank in most cases. In many cases, the Statistical Cards of the IRO in Austria specify when the DPs emigrated and where they went to.

In Austria, the Statistical Card existed during the early phase of the IRO’s existence already, between July 1947 and August 1948, when it was still operating under the name Preparatory Commission for the International Refugee Organization (PCIRO). These cards can be identified by the fact that PCIRO appears in the header and by the fact that the backs of the cards are blank.

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