Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region – 28 October 2014
Syrian refugees in Turkey
In response to requests from Syria’s neighbouring countries and the United Nations (UN), Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres hosted a conference on the Syrian refugee situation on 28 October 2014. The conference took place at the Federal Foreign Office and was attended by representatives of around 40 countries and international organisations.
The Syrian refugee crisis is unprecedented in scale. According to UN estimates, over nine million people in Syria are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Around 6.5 million people in Syria have been displaced internally and more than 3.2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, in particular Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The situation has deteriorated dramatically as a result of the advances by the terrorist organisation ISIS.
Sustainable support for the host countries
The massive influx of refugees poses huge challenges for the host countries. Refugees now account for over a quarter of the population in Lebanon. In many places, infrastructure, schools and hospitals are unable to cope. Social tensions are placing a strain on the stability of Syria’s neighbouring countries.
Syrian children in the refugee camp Za´atari
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The focus of the conference was on how the international community can support the refugees and their neighbouring countries in a better and more sustainable way.
The conference also sent a signal of solidarity to the region that the world has not lost sight of the refugee crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, despite being faced with new regional and global challenges.
Last updated 30.10.2014