Berlin has taken in another 108 Syrian refugees from Lebanon. They arrived in the capital on Wednesday, according to the Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs.
They include several families in need of major medical assistance and several children with pronounced hearing impairments. The state of Berlin had begun cooperating with the United Nations refugee agency last year following a resolution by the House of Representatives.
The first 100 Syrian refugees had been accepted under the new humanitarian state reception program in December.The program is aimed at Syrian refugees with special protection needs who cannot be cared for appropriately in Lebanon.
No country in the world has taken in as many refugees from Syria in proportion to its own population as Lebanon, the social administration said. In addition, the country itself is struggling with a severe supply crisis.
"I am very pleased that we can now offer safety to another 108 Syrian refugees from Lebanon, including many children with a painful history of flight," said Social Senator Katja Kipping (Left Party).
"Even if the war against Ukraine and the accompanying flight movements are currently more in the focus of public attention, it is an important concern for me not to lose sight of the various war and crisis regions of this world."