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Minister Müller reaffirms German support to help Lebanon cope with the flow of refugees


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Minister Müller on a tour of the Shatila refugee camp that has been home to Palestinian refugees since 1949

Electricity supply in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon

Children in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila in the Lebanese capital Beirut

A girl fetching water in a camp for Syrian refugees in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley

White board with lesson for Syrian children in a refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley

Minister Müller speaking to the press during his visit of a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in the Lebanon

Syrian families in front of their tents in a refugee camp in the Lebanon

Development Minister Müller with a Syrian family in their tent in a refugee camp in the Lebanon

A Syrian boy looking out of the tent where he is staying with his family. It is part of a tented city in the Lebanon, run by UNICEF and Lebanese NGOs and co-financed by Germany.

The Turkish town of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. Here, Minister Müller visited the refugee camp Öncüpinar to inform himself about the situation in the border region.

The Öncüpinar refugee camp at the Turkish-Syrian border

Minister Müller with Syrian refugees and the management of the Öncüpinar refugee camp in Turkey

Children in school in the Öncüpinar refugee camp at the Turkish-Syrian border

Syrian women working at a loom in the Öncüpinar refugee camp near the Turkish town of Gaziantep

Food store in the refugee camp

Women sewing in the refugee camp

19.03.2015 |

Beirut – In meetings with Lebanese politicians, Federal Minister Gerd Müller praised the government and the Lebanese people for the tremendous service they have shown in giving shelter to refugees from Syria. With the addition of so many refugees to the four million inhabitants of Lebanon, almost one in every three people in the country is now a refugee.

"Measured against the domestic population, no other country has taken in as many refugees from Syria. The country is being stretched to its limits," Minister Müller said in Beirut, "particularly since there are also hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who have been living in Lebanon for decades."

"Germany will not leave you to cope with this difficult task alone," he emphasised in his meetings with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and the Minister for Social Affairs, Rashid Derbas. Müller announced that German support was to be increased: "So that 80,000 children can continue to attend school, so that food rations do not need to be cut and so that more water pipes can be laid, we have added another 55 million euros to the funding for Lebanon this year."

For the third donor conference on the Syrian crisis at the end of the month in Kuwait, the Minister pledged another 52 million euros. Germany is one of Lebanon’s most important partners when it comes to refugee assistance. Since 2012, the German government has given the country just under 250 million euros in support.

At midday Federal Minister Müller visited a tent city for Syrian refugees in the Beqaa Valley and a school. He also had a meeting with the mayors from host communities. In the evening the German delegation is expected to arrive in Gaziantep in Turkey.

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