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Since the beginning of the conflict, Germany has spent over €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) of humanitarian and development aid in the region.


Germany is deeply committed to supporting refugees in and from Syria. Germany hosted the very first Conference on the Syrian refugee situation in October 2014 in Berlin, which provided key impetus for the continuing support of refugees in the region and the host communities in neighbouring countries.

150319_UBMZ_PHT14_900px German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, visits a UNICEF-supported school in Beirut, Lebanon. Image: © Ute Grabowsky / 

As one of the major receiving countries for refugees from Syria, Germany has spent over €1.3 billion (US$1.4 billion) on humanitarian and development aid in the region since the beginning of the conflict, making it the third-largest bilateral donor.

With these funds, Germany is providing practical assistance ranging from humanitarian aid to stabilizing conflict and post-conflict situations to reconstruction and development cooperation. Germany provides immediate assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their host communities in Syria, with a special emphasis on hard-to–reach persons. Additionally, German humanitarian and development assistance aims at strengthening the resilience in the region. Its focus lies on the provision of basic services regarding protection, food, shelter, health, education and vocational training.

Germany supports the implementation of innovative programs such as the support of bakeries in Northern Syria, support for Jordanian communities by training plumbers, or the expansion of cash-transfer programmes.

Germany delivers support in line with the whole-of-Syria approach including through cross-border and cross-line projects, implemented by UN organisations, NGOs, Red Cross/Red Crescent and other partners. The focus of these projects lies on life-saving activities, early recovery efforts (water, sanitation), as well as strengthening people´s living conditions through the creation of economic activities/livelihoods.

Education, qualification and job perspectives are crucial for refugees and for tackling the root causes of displacement. Once reconstruction of Syria begins, there will be an urgent need for well-educated and well-trained youths and adults.

Therefore, Germany is putting special emphasis on the creation of jobs and access to quality education both inside Syria and in refugee hosting countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, e.g. through its special initiatives “Tackling the Root Causes of Displacement – Reintegrating Refugees” and “Partnerships for Prospects – Schools – Skills – Jobs- (P4P)”. In order to avoid a “lost generation”, Germany is committed to UNICEF’s “Reaching all Children with Education (RACE)” initiative and is its biggest donor.

Germany also provides emergency assistance to thousands of refugees stranded between the border of Syria and Jordan, as well as refugees arriving in Lesbos, Greece, by distributing dignity kits and winter jackets via its local implementation partners.

For further information, please see the following links:

German Refugee Policy (overview)

German Development Cooperation in Syria (overview)

German development cooperation response to the refugee crisis

Seeking Refuge – examples

German Humanitarian Aid in Syria

Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation 2014

Germany’s role in destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons

Latest issue of the “Magazin Deutschland”: Refugees and Migration

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