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Germany to take in 5,000 more Syrian refugees

The Local · 21 Mar 2013, 06:35

Published: 21 Mar 2013 06:35 GMT+01:00

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Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Berlin would grant asylum to 3,000 Syrians from June at the latest, followed by another 2,000 later this year in response to an "increasingly difficult" situation.

The offer would bring to about 13,000 the number of Syrian refugees taken in by Germany since the start of 2012.

"We want to take quick action," Friedrich told reporters.

He said a German delegation would soon tour refugee camps in countries neighbouring Syria to choose candidates among those who have fled the two-year-old war.

He said families with several children and minors living alone in the camps would be given priority, adding that Christians would likely also be given preferential treatment because "they are under particular threat of persecution."

Refugees with relatives already living in Germany would also have priority, he added.

Friedrich said Germany had already taken in about 8,000 Syrian refugees in the last 14 months and expressed hope that other European Union countries would follow suit.

"I hope that we will be the icebreakers," he said, adding that Europe's top economy would solicit EU assistance to cover the cost of a fresh influx of refugees.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom welcomed Germany's move, calling it "a striking example of solidarity in a moment when Syrian people are suffering the consequences of a devastating situation" and urging other member states to help.

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The United Nations says the conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebels fighting to overthrow him has killed more than 70,000 people and forced more than one million to flee to neighbouring countries.

Humanitarian agencies last week pleaded with governments to make good on pledges of aid for the refugees, saying they were swamped by demand.


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07:01 March 21, 2013 by RainerL
Amazing! How many more People can other Countries keep on taking in?? What do you do when the Glass is overflowing? Do Germans, Australians, Americans e.t.c have to exodus their Country? because it one day is FULL?

Holland and the not so Great Britain are full already.

I don't think in continuing bringing People in is the solution. One day theri Country will be EMPTY and western society will be over burdened and have their current quality of life affected. More Jobs will go, more accommodation will go, more strain on resources in general. Then what??!! I guess that will be the time when the penny will finaly drop. There is a price to pay here and one needs to do some lateral thinking.
07:33 March 21, 2013 by The-ex-pat
I understand the plight of these people, but there has to be more than just letting them move here, there has to be an infrastructure put into place or we will end up with (more) ghettos. The simplest things are being ignored. The first round that entered Germany have been distributed around the country and we have a quite a few in my town. I do not have a problem with it, how can I, I am a Johnny Foreigner myself. However, my wife is a teacher in a primary school. She got just before Christmas 4 children from Syria literally dumped into her class. Naturally not a word of German and my wife does not have a single word of Syrian. Once a week a social worker comes in to help with problems. She also does not speak Syrian. And then once a week a lady comes in who does, but not on the same day as the social worker and only for an hour. In the mean time there is a child in the year 4 who does speak Syrian and can help my wife, but she will leave to go up in the school system in the summer. Then we are back to one hour a week....................
10:24 March 21, 2013 by rolandaugusto
In Syria people speak Arabic not syrian. It should not be hard to find a person who can comunicate with those people, arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Also what is the problem with helping the one in need?
10:29 March 21, 2013 by raandy
Taking these refugees in should include a program for helping to integrate these people , with cultural customs ,laws ,where to get help ect. Dumping them into German society with no prior education, as ex pat has said is a mistake. These people will take at least one generation and maybe more to become productive self supporting individuals.In the end it would be a lot less expensive to have an entry program then just financial help.Many of these people will not return when the conflict is over.
11:08 March 21, 2013 by Steve1949
Well, I just have to sit back and laugh at all this. I have lived in Germany for 43 years, still have a home in Germany which I pay for and am forced to live in China because the Germans don't seem fit to give my Chinese wife even a Schengen Visa to at least visit my kids and travel around Europe for a bit but can grant asylum to Syrians.

@raandy........don't worry about them getting the help they need to survive in Germany. Remember that Germany is the number 1 country in the EU so they or all of you that are paying taxes will insure the survival of these refugees. I'm just kind of curious just how much these refugees will appreciate what Germany has done for them 10 years down the road.
13:31 March 21, 2013 by adam.müller
These are innocent children, women and old people living in horrible conditions and they need our help. Good decision by Germany. Faith in Humanity restored.
14:41 March 21, 2013 by raandy
Steve1949.. you are correct ,they will be provided for.

The no visa for your wife is all politics I am sure,and understand your frustration over asylum for some and no help in your situation. Hopefully China is treating you ok.
01:58 March 22, 2013 by franconia
@ Mueller, Hartz !!!! Can you afford to pay moere?
10:55 March 23, 2013 by liondens
"These are innocent children, women and old people living in horrible conditions and they need our help. Good decision by Germany. Faith in Humanity restored. "

Then give them money and food instead of bringing them here we had enough!

There are children that are starving in Greece and elsewhere in eorope too, right now as we speak, and not to mention lack of medicines for the sicks. Where is your fkg humanity Germany? 12% are unemployed right now in the EU and growing, where is your brain Germany? One day they're whinning about the muslim extremists, the next day, they taking in some more. What ever happened when frau Merkel said..."multiculturalism in Germany is utterly failed"? If you can't taking care and can't integrate the ones that already here, why would you taking in more of the burdensomes? Why would you stack more hays on the back of a Camel that already broken? Even a dog knows not to bark at the emptiness for nothing, but not you Germany!

Afganistan, Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, Iran, Lybia, Tunisia, Turky, yes Turky, Syria and many many more, and keep repeating year after year after year. Really, how long is this going to end? How many more can we handle? When are we going to say europe is full we can't cope with your mess anymore?

Just fkg wising up fools!
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