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Background information on the initiative

The Syrian crisis

The violent conflict in Syria has led to the greatest humanitarian crisis in the region since the founding of the United Nations. Estimates by human rights organisations show that there have been more than 300,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Large parts of the country have been destroyed.

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Host communities in the Middle East

The German government’s Middle East Initiative aims to strengthen refugee host communities in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

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Municipalities in Germany

In recent years German municipalities have become a home for many Syrians. The municipalities have coped well with the challenges of providing vital services to so many people arriving in such a short period. Now they are addressing the questions that concern the future – and in that connection are also directing their gaze toward the Middle East.

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Municipalities in Syria

The situation of municipalities in Syria is marked by the conflict that has now been raging for almost ten years. In many places local governance no longer works and the municipal structures for delivering vital services have suffered devastation. In the future one key task in Syria will be reconstructing municipalities that have been destroyed. 

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Municipal development policy

The global community has set up Agenda 2030 – a new framework for tackling global challenges such as climate change, escape, migration, and Urbanisation together.

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Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey

Statistics, facts and figures about the host communities