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Syrian refugees to be housed in border community
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Syrian refugees to be housed in border community

15.10.2013 From our online archive
The 60 Syrian refugees to be given a new home in Luxembourg will be housed in a refugee centre in Weilerbach, Luxembourg's family minister confirmed on Tuesday.

The 60 Syrian refugees to be given a new home in Luxembourg will be housed in a refugee centre in Weilerbach, Luxembourg's family minister confirmed on Tuesday.

Marc Spautz said that it is important to accommodate the refugees from war-torn Syria together and to give them immediate access to language courses.

The refugees will be housed in the former Héliar Institute, founded in 1910 as a sanitorium and located close to Echternach on the Luxembourg-German border

He said a bilingual French and Arabic translator will be put at the disposal of the refugees and that arrangements for French lessons are underway.

Deciding who among the millions of people displaced by conflict will be invited to Luxembourg is to be decided by the refugee commissariat of the United Nations in cooperation with the Immigration Ministry at the end of the year.

Luxembourg's government agreed to host 60 Syrian refugees at the beginning of September.

Since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 some seven million people, nearly a third of the population, have been displaced, with two million of them fleeing across the border, according to UN figures.

Around 47,000 Syrians are thought to have sought asylum in Europe, leading to calls from several nations for a unified EU response.