Germany should receive more Syrian refugees: minister

By Emin Avundukluoglu, Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rise in financial aid to Syrians should also be debated, says German minister Aydan Ozoguz

Rise in financial aid to Syrians should also be debated, says German minister Aydan Ozoguz

KAHRAMANMARAS - The number of Syrian refugees to Germany should be increased, Germany's Integration Minister of Turkish origin Aydan Ozoguz has said.

Minister Ozoguz's comments on Sunday came as he accompanied German President Joachim Gauck to a refugee camp hosting more than 15,000 Syrian civilians in the southeastern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras.

Ozoguz told the Anadolu Agency that Germany should also intensify its aid to Syrians and consider increasing its financial aid.

"We have promised to bring 10,000 Syrians to Germany, but we could not bring even 5,000 of them," said Ozoguz.

More than 200,000 Syrians have taken shelter in Turkey's refugee camps.

A total of 432,769 Syrian citizens have entered the refugee centers to date and 222,411 have since returned to Syria, according to a report by the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies.

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