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Warm welcome for Syrian refugees

Published Thursday May 07 2015

A group of 43 Syrian refugees from a refugee camp in Turkey arrived in Luxembourg.

Eight families – 16 adults and 27 children – were greeted by Corinne Cahen, the Minister of Family and Integration, who was joined by Yves Piron, director of Luxembourg welcome and integration office OLAI, and Ernest Walerius, mayor of Berdorf.

To help them settle in Luxembourg, the refugees will find a temporary home at Foyer Héliar in Weilerbach, in the commune of Berdorf.

OLAI has been charged with assisting the refugees, for example with administrative tasks, but also social follow-up, housing and educational support for the children.

In April 2014, Luxembourg had already welcomed 28 Syrian refugees in a transfer from a refugee camp in Jordan. The transfers are aimed at relieving the burden placed on Syria's neighbours. Over three million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, according to UNHCR data.