This year, Münster became home to 48 Afghan refugees


48 refugees from Afghanistan, 30 children and 18 adults, have arrived in the German city of Münster in the first week of this year, the city’s officials announced. After the Taliban forces took over, Münster pledged to welcome additional local staff members who worked in Afghanistan for German authorities and organisations.

Mayor of Münster Markus Lewe stated: “I am very pleased that we can now deliver on this promise and help people from Afghanistan out of their particular emergency situation”. 

The families will relocate to one of the 33 decentralised and well-integrated facilities in the city area in roughly two weeks, according to the plan for the integration and housing of refugees in Münster. Children will then be able to go to nearby daycare centres and schools, while their parents can enrol in language classes and begin looking for work.

After being rescued from the country in September last year, the Afghan refugees have resided in reception facilities. The personnel of the social welfare office welcomed the newcomers and arranged their initial accommodation and medical care. They also discussed the families’ needs and provided basic information about the local care and support system.

According  to the statistics, around 680 Afghan nationals were residing in Münster at the end of 2020. Their number is said to have increased sharply during 2015 and 2016. During the integration process, Afghan refugees are assisted by city’s employees as well as volunteers, some of whom have been helping refugees for many years.

The city, which is located in the North Rhine-Westphalian province, is also a member of the “Cities of Safe Harbours.” The initiative brings together 107 German cities and municipalities to welcome refugees rescued from life-threatening situations at sea or stranded in overcrowded reception centres.

Around the world, at least 82.4 million people have been displaced, according to UNHCR. Almost 26.4 million refugees are among them, with nearly half of them under the age of 18. As a result of violence or persecution, one out of every 95 persons on the planet has been forced to abandon their home. (photo credit: Gordon Johnson/Pixabay)