Stabilising host regions

Stabilising host regions

The majority of refugees flee to countries bordering their home country. In most cases, these countries are developing countries: around 86 per cent of refugees seek refuge in a developing country.

Countries that are hosting particularly large numbers of people include Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda. The arrival of very large numbers of people within a short space of time is often a huge challenge for host countries: there is a lack of housing and employment opportunities; schools cannot accommodate all the additional children; food and water start to run low.

Ensuring people have access to the basic necessities

In order to help stabilise the countries taking in refugees, Germany is investing in their infrastructure – for example, in their water supply systems – and in income-generating activities. Host countries' government institutions and non-governmental organisations also receive help, so that they can maintain or even enhance their services.

Germany also tries to facilitate dialogue between new arrivals and existing communities. The aim of all these interventions is to help the refugees become integrate