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Diakonia agency calls for admitting Syrian refugees to Germany

December 05, 2012

The Protestant church's social services agency (Diakonia) appeals to the federal and state interior ministers to do more for refugees from Syria. Just prior to the interior ministers' conference in Rostock on Wednesday, the agency called for a facilitation of entry requirements for suffering individuals from the war-stricken country. "We are in favor of admitting the family members of Syrians living in Germany," said Diakonia's President Johannes Stockmeier. "This could best be organized within a special humanitarian reception program supported by the federal and state governments."

Against the background of the civil war in Syria, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has called for action to reunite families. The UN expects the number of Syrian refugees to rise to 700,000 by the beginning of next year. Hundreds of thousands of people have already fled over the borders to neighboring countries.

In view of the outbreak of winter, Diakonia also calls for Germany to make a greater effort in the field of humanitarian aid. Countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq could no longer cope with receiving refugees on their own, stated Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, president of Diakonia Emergency Aid,.

The agency's projects include assistance with providing winter-proof accommodation. Its branch in Saxony has called for donations for tent insulation, heating, blankets and winter clothing.



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