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Germany to increase refugee assistance for Turkey and Lebanon


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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

20.03.2015 |

Gaziantep – Providing more support for communities that are giving shelter to refugees, offering school lessons and training for refugee children and youths. Those are the areas that the Development Ministry will be concentrating on with its increased refugee assistance for Lebanon and Turkey.

On the last day of a three-day visit to Lebanon and the region along the border between Turkey and Syria, German Development Minister Gerd Müller visited the refugee camp Öncüpinar where 13,000 refugees from Syria are currently living. Afterwards the Minister met with Syrian refugees in Kilis, a town of 60,000 inhabitants that has doubled in size as a result of the flow of refugees.

At the end of his visit to the Kilis Community Center, which is being run by the Malteser International organisation, the Minister said: "The refugee assistance being provided through German development cooperation is now going to be focused even more on building infrastructure in the host communities. Bigger schools, expanding the water supply and the wastewater and waste management systems, developing agricultural structures for food security – these are all areas where Germany can contribute experience gained over many years. Lebanon and Turkey are doing an exceptional service in giving shelter to these Syrian refugees. Both of these countries can rely on the support of Germany.”

The Development Ministry will be providing just under 11.5 million euros in funding for future activities in Turkish communities in the region along the border with Syria

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