Federal Foreign Office helps refugees in Georgia: prefabricated houses to provide accommodation to withstand the rigours of winter

05.09.2008 - Press release

During the military conflicts in Georgia at the beginning of August, 150,000 people were forced to flee from the fighting zones into other regions of Georgia and North Ossetia. A large proportion of these people have been able in the meantime to return to their homes. However, according to estimates made by the Georgian government, tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons are in need of other accommodation for the foreseeable future.

The Federal Foreign Office is providing 8 million euro in order to support Georgia in the accommodation and integration of these refugees from South Ossetia before the start of winter. With these efforts, the Federal Government fulfils the plea from the Georgian government to rapidly implement a pilot project, towards which further essential aid efforts from the international community can orientate themselves.

With the sum that has now been made available, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) will construct around 350 living units. The lightweight constructions will offer accommodation for up to 1,800 people. The preliminary phase is set to begin next week. The aim is to complete the largest possible proportion of accommodation before the end of the year.

Immediately after the end of the fighting the Federal Foreign Office had already made 2.2 million euro available for humanitarian emergency aid. This supports the work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the measures of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a number of further German aid organizations.

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