United Nations Evacuation Center:
1949 - 1951
In 1949, 6,000 Russians were granted temporary refuge on the Philippine Island of Tubabao. This post explains why the Russians fled to the Philippines and shows a cover mailed from Canada to a Ukrainian representative in the Philippine evacuation centre.
"White" Russians in Exile
After the Russian Civil War of 1922-24, soldiers of the anti-Bolshevik "White" Army and their families fled Russia. Several thousand Russians settled in China, many of whom became residents of Shanghai. The Russians remained in China until the late 1940s but were forced to evacuate during the Chinese Civil War as the Chinese Red Army was securing victory over Nationalist forces in mainland China.
The Philippine government provided temporary refuge for the 6,000 Russians escaping from China. In 1949, the United Nations International Refugee Organization (IRO) established the United Nations Evacuation Center (UNEC) on the Philippine island of Tubabao.
Tubabao Evacuation Center
The Russian refugees were then offered permanent settlement in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, as well as South American nations.
Mail to Tubabao
The cover below was sent by the Ukrainian Service, Winnipeg, to the Ukrainian National Group Representative at the Tubabao Evacuation Center on January 30, 1950.
The air mail letter rate for 1/4 ounce was 25 cents
(5 cent stamp fell off)
Post Office Receiver Handstamp
IRO - UNEC Post Office receiver
February 11, 1950