Human Rights Commissioner Löning: Making it easier for Syrian refugees to find shelter in Germany

11.09.2013 - Press release

The first flight chartered by the Federal Government to bring in Syrian refugees will be landing in Hanover this afternoon. Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, will join Federal Interior Minister Hans‑Peter Friedrich in welcoming the more than one hundred refugees.

Talking to the news agency Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) today, Löning urged the Interior Ministers of the Länder to simplify asylum procedure for Syrians fleeing the civil war.

Those who are currently undergoing the procedure need to be allowed to take up their professions again quickly.

This, he said, would not only enable them to return swiftly to earning their own livelihoods, it would also make it easier for them to come to grips with their traumatic experience.

There is cross‑party consensus on helping the people fleeing the civil war,

the Human Rights Commissioner added. Given the dramatic situation, the authorities are called upon to recognise documents swiftly and be generous in dealing with potential bureaucratic obstacles.

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