In 2023, the German state of Berlin will take in 300 Syrians who are living in refugee camps in Lebanon. Berlin wants to extend admissions for vulnerable and at risk groups.
Berlin is increasing admissions for Syrian refugees who are in particular need of protection, the Berlin Senate announced in a press release on Monday (September 20).
The state of Berlin will take in 300 Syrians who are currently living in refugee camps in Lebanon in 2023.
The selection process is expected to take place in cooperation with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Syrian refugees who cannot be adequately cared for in Lebanon, including sick persons or people with disabilities, will be taken to Berlin.
Special consideration will also be given to vulnerable groups including families with many children.
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To date, 209 Syrians have arrived in Berlin as part of the program -- around 100 in 2022 and 2021, respectively. Among them are children with severe hearing impairments or women who have been threatened by violence and are unsafe in Lebanon.
An estimated 1.5 million people have fled Syria to Lebanon due to war. The UNHCR is urging countries worldwide to take in Syrian refugees.
The Berlin Senate decided to expand the Lebanon state admissions program on the basis of a proposal from Katja Kipping, Senator for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs, and Iris Spranger, Senator for Interior Affairs.