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107 Syrian Refugees head to Germany from Lebanon

syrian refugees to germany from Lebanon
107 refugees left Lebanon Wednesday to Germany as part of a temporary resettlement program. They gathered at the International Organization for Migration offices in the Beirut southern suburb of Jnah Wednesday morning and boarded three buses set to take them to Beirut’s international airport.

Thirty men, 40 women, 34 children and three infants, all selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and approved by the German government, are part of a group of 5,000 vulnerable refugees who have been selected for a temporary two-year stay in Germany.

Here is the press release issued by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR) in this regard.

UNHCR has announced that 107 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees will leave Lebanon on Wednesday under a temporary Humanitarian Admissions Programme announced by Germany in March this year.

Melissa Fleming, UNHCR Chief Spokesperson UNHCR told reporters in Geneva that the group, which is headed for Hannover, is the first to be assisted by UNHCR in this process.

Giving more details, she said that on arrival the refugees will be transferred to an accommodation centre in Friedland in Lower Saxony and they will stay there for fourteen days. They will be offered cultural orientation courses – basic language training and basic information on Germany, including the school and health systems, as well as help in interacting with the local authorities.

She explained that at the end of the two week period, the refugees will leave for locations across Germany and will be accommodated in small centres or apartments and will have full access to medical, educational and other social services.

The residence permit issued for them is for two years, with the option to extend if the situation in Syria remains unchanged and during their stay the refugees will have the right to work, she added.

Germany’s Humanitarian Assistance Programme provides for up to 5,000 places for Syrian refugees, and as such is the biggest relocation programme currently in existence for the Syria crisis, Fleming noted, adding that UNHCR teams in the Syria region are currently preparing additional referrals for this programme, which is expected to be fully subscribed by the end of 2013.

“Resettlement of refugees, whether formal resettlement or expedited relocation – as is the case with Germany’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme – is a vital and potentially life-saving tool for helping particularly vulnerable refugees. Those resettled may be women and girls at risk, people with serious medical conditions, survivors of torture or others with special needs” Fleming told reporters in Geneva.

Under the UNHCR 2013 Syria Regional Response Plan, Germany and Austria have committed places for humanitarian admission (5,000 and 500 respectively) – whereas Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland have pledged more than 1,650 resettlement places, 960 of which are for 2013, said Fleming.

She added that the United States of America has indicated that it is willing to consider an additional unspecified number of cases.

She noted that “because of the growing size of the Syria refugee population in countries neighbouring Syria, we hope to see countries offering places outside their current annual quotas and allowing for expedited processing. This would help meet the needs of highly vulnerable Syrians, and it would ensure that resettlement opportunities remain available for highly vulnerable refugees from other countries”.

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  • Constantin7

    What a mistake by Germany, Sweden, and European countries to take these refugees to their countries. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Lybia with plenty of resources and space should take care of these refugees and send ships to Beirut to ship them to Jeddah and Benghazi. However, no surprise from the Arab indifference towards these refugees, since human life and dignity is not a priority for Arabs or Muslims, hence the killing and the indifference towards the killing and the suffering of the innocents.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’m sure the Christian ones won’t want to go to those places Constantin …. after all, look what happened with Palestinian Christians … they became a ‘non-entity’ in Lebanon. ;-)

    • man-o-war

      “since human life and dignity is not a priority for Arabs or Muslims”, there you go again with your generalizations. Do you include Christians in the Arab group? Or are they excluded from your asinine generalization? Governments are often disconnected from the common citizens, even though we “vote” for them. Its not fair to group everyone together the way you do.
      However, I agree with you that the Arab/Muslim governments/ruler/dictator/monarchies need to step the hell up and show some concern for these refugees. Its a shame that most of the surrounding countries see them as a burden than a human tragedy. In my opinion, its why the Arab countries remain weak and behind when compared to the Jews for example. The Jewish people stick together no matter where they live in the world and are always working towards a common goal. There is no Arab unity and hasn’t been for a very long time. I blame religion.

      • Constantin7

        I made a mistake: I should have said: ” human life and dignity is not a priority to muslim Arabs” (not to Arabs or Muslims), and yes I can generalize because look around you all these filthy rich arab countries building islands in the sea, turning deserts to gardens, building hoterls in the sea, indoor snow skiing arenas, etc…but won’t really help these refugees with basic human needs, other than sending them crumbs from now and then…BTW all these filthy rich leaders are MUSLIMS, and none of them is volunteering to ship these refugees to their own countries!!!! Where is the Zakkat, the Rahma, the solidarity, etc… My generalization is a FACT !

        • Reasonableman

          Everytime the arabs have a decent leader the west finds a way to kill him.
          In the famous words of king faisal ” my prophet peace be upon him lived on dates and water and so can i ” he stopped selling oil to the west because they were backing the zionists to take over palestine. The west were riding bikes until they brainwashed his british citizen nephew to murder him.
          Jamal abdulnasser of egypt also murdered by the western oppurtunists.
          Rafik al hariri murdered by the majoosi backed hezblshayton who are backed by the west and helped place iranian puppets as leaders like nuril maliki and hamid karzai.

      • Reasonableman

        I agree we can do more but i can’t bag them out completely a few months back saudi gave 5000 citizenships jobs and a place to stay to the poor muslims in burma. Im sure we can find more stories like this if we searched but ye like i said we they should be able to do more whats 5000.
        The arab ideaology of the people does play a part to though since the west is talked up so much people in the middle east think jackpot theyd rather be labourers than study(no shortage of labourers anywhere) but really i know for a fact i get offered more at a college in saudi or dubai malaysia and even egypt where they offer to host me and my wife pay for all expenses including clothes even though im an outsider something the west doesnt offer and worth more money on the job after finishing my studies. Poor indians pay a fortune to study here for no reason. But in the end the west has things other countries dont and other countries have things the west dont its all about working with what weve got to be happy…. just saying.

  • 5thDrawer

    What I find MOST curious – in ‘The West’ – is that REAL news about Syria, and the enormous refugee situations, has FINALLY begun to be shown on ‘Prime Time News’ shows, and talked up on ‘Discussion Panels’. I have even heard things about Lebanon … usually an unreferenced country unless there’s at least several hundred killed … the daily idiocies never mentioned.
    For the few of us who frequent these ‘blog-sites’ of interest, and more realistic net-news sites, it’s a welcome change I suppose. Too bad it took three years. Too bad it took the Syrian Refugees to have Lebanon noticed at all.
    Now, if I could only get a few Lebanese friends – who need medical and food – noticed as refugees ….. ;-)

    • MekensehParty

      CNN puts the speech of every Lebanese politician live!
      Foxnews reports their smallest fart
      Reuters is making a list of each fpm pm preference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola
      Huffington is still investigating if nasrallah sleeps in a pajama or a flanelle

      • libnan1

        FYI I don’t wear anything…. I sleep naked if you were wondering.

  • Constantin7

    What a mistake by Germany, Sweden, and European countries to take these refugees to their countries. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Lybia with plenty of resources and space should take care of these refugees and send ships to Beirut to ship them to Jeddah and Benghazi. However, no surprise from the Arab indifference towards these refugees, since human life and dignity is not a priority for Arabs or Muslims, hence the killing and the indifference towards the killing and the suffering of the innocents.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’m sure the Christian ones won’t want to go to those places Constantin …. after all, look what happened with Palestinian Christians … they became a ‘non-entity’ in Lebanon. ;-)

    • man-o-war

      “since human life and dignity is not a priority for Arabs or Muslims”, there you go again with your generalizations. Do you include Christians in the Arab group? Or are they excluded from your asinine generalization? Governments are often disconnected from the common citizens, even though we “vote” for them. Its not fair to group everyone together the way you do.
      However, I agree with you that the Arab/Muslim governments/ruler/dictator/monarchies need to step the hell up and show some concern for these refugees. Its a shame that most of the surrounding countries see them as a burden than a human tragedy. In my opinion, its why the Arab countries remain weak and behind when compared to the Jews for example. The Jewish people stick together no matter where they live in the world and are always working towards a common goal. There is no Arab unity and hasn’t been for a very long time.

      • Constantin7

        I made a mistake: I should have said: ” human life and dignity is not a priority to muslim Arabs” (not to Arabs or Muslims), and yes I can generalize because look around you all these filthy rich arab countries building islands in the sea, turning deserts to gardens, building hoterls in the sea, indoor snow skiing arenas, etc…but won’t really help these refugees with basic human needs, other than sending them crumbs from now and then…BTW all these filthy rich leaders are MUSLIMS, and none of them is volunteering to ship these refugees to their own countries!!!! Where is the Zakkat, the Rahma, the solidarity, etc… My generalization is a FACT !

        • Reasonableman

          Everytime the arabs have a decent leader the west finds a way to kill him.
          In the famous words of king faisal ” my prophet peace be upon him lived on dates and water and so can i ” he stopped selling oil to the west because they were backing the zionists to take over palestine. The west were riding bikes until they brainwashed his british citizen nephew to murder him.
          Jamal abdulnasser of egypt also murdered by the western oppurtunists.
          Rafik al hariri murdered by the majoosi backed hezblshayton who are backed by the west and helped place iranian puppets as leaders like nppril maliki and hamid karzai.

      • Reasonableman

        I agree we can do more but i can’t bag them out completely a few months back saudi gave 5000 citizenships jobs and a place to stay to the poor muslims in burma. Im sure we can find more stories like this if we searched but ye like i said we they should be able to do more whats 5000.
        The arab ideaology of the people does play a part to though since the west is talked up so much people in the middle east think jackpot but really i know for a fact i get offered more at a college in saudi or dubai malaysia and even egypt where they offer to host me and my wife pay for all expenses including clothes even though im an outsider something the west doesnt offer. Poor indians pay a fortune to study here for no reason. But in the end the west has things other countries dont and other countries have things the west dont its all about working with what weve got to be happy…. just saying.

  • 5thDrawer

    What I find MOST curious – in ‘The West’ – is that REAL news about Syria, and the enormous refugee situations, has FINALLY begun to be shown on ‘Prime Time News’ shows, and talked up on ‘Discussion Panels’. I have even heard things about Lebanon … usually an unreferenced country unless there’s at least several hundred killed … the daily idiocies never mentioned.
    For the few of us who frequent these ‘blog-sites’ of interest, and more realistic net-news sites, it’s a welcome change I suppose. Too bad it took three years. Too bad it took the Syrian Refugees to have Lebanon noticed at all.
    Now, if I could only get a few Lebanese friends noticed as refugees ….. ;-)

    • MekensehParty

      CNN puts the speech of every Lebanese politician live!
      Foxnews reports their smallest fart
      Reuters is making a list of each fpm pm preference between Pepsi and Coca-Cola
      Huffington is still investigating if nasrallah sleeps in a pajama or a flanelle

      • libnan1

        FYI I don’t wear anything…. I sleep naked if you were wondering.

  • MekensehParty

    That’s the German way to say:
    “We did our part”

  • MekensehParty

    That’s the German way to say:
    “We did our part”