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Syrian refugees temporarily resettling in Germany

German programme becomes world's largest relocation plan for Syrian refugees

AP , Tuesday 10 Sep 2013
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Germany's relocation programme for Syrian refugees is getting under way with 107 people gaining temporary new homes, UN officials said Tuesday.

The first group to be relocated under a German programme for up to 5,000 Syrian refugees includes "women and girls at risk, people with serious medical conditions, survivors of torture or others with special needs," said UN refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.

The programme announced by Germany in March gives refugees the right to work under two-year residence permits that could be extended if Syria's crisis remains unchanged.

In that regard, Germany currently has the world's largest such relocation programme for Syrian refugees, "setting an important example" for other nations, Fleming said

The first group of 107 Syrian refugees is due to leave Lebanon on Wednesday and head to Hannover, Germany, where the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, known as the UN refugee agency, will help them on arrival. From there the refugees are being transferred to an accommodation centre in Friedland, in Lower Saxony, where they are to stay for 14 days.

During that time, they will get oriented to their new culture, including basic language training, how the schools and health works, and help in interacting with local authorities, Fleming said. After that they will leave for temporary homes across Germany, mostly small centres or apartments where they have access to schools, medical facilities and social services.

The programme is expected to be full by the end of this year, and Germany also is getting some support from the International Organization for Migration, another Geneva-based intergovernmental group. Austria also has pledged to temporarily relocate 500 Syrians.

Other countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland have pledged to quickly resettle 1,650 Syrians, including 960 this year, who are considered to be "highly vulnerable" and needy.

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