Bayern Munich to set up refugee “training camp” as humanitarian crisis deepens

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Bayern Munich is trying to help with the increasing amount of refugees pouring into countries across Europe, as they flee conflicts in places such as Syria and Eritrea.

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The Bundesliga club have announced they will open a “training camp” for refugees arriving in Germany and they will also donate over $1.2 million to help the crisis.

Bayern, the current champions of Germany who have won the Bundesliga 25 times in their illustrious history, will provide food, German lessons and soccer equipment for children arriving in their homeland.

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Germany is at the forefront of accepting asylum seekers with the nation expecting to take in over 800,000 refugees this year, that’s four times the number of asylum seekers who arrived last year. Over 2,000 refugees arrived by train into Munich on Tuesday, with local authorities claiming they were overwhelmed by the level of help provided by locals.

Scenes of refugees from Syria trying to enter Germany but being trapped in neighboring countries such as Hungary due to red-tape regarding EU laws have been beamed across the world in recent days and German soccer clubs are trying to support the asylum seekers anyway they can.

“Bayern sees it as its social responsibility to help the refugees,” said club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement, as Bayern’s game against Augsburg on Sept. 12 will also see each player walk out “holding the hand of a German child and a refugee’s child.”

Other German clubs taking a stance include Borussia Dortmund who gave 220 tickets to refugees to watch their Europa League game against Norwegian side Odd last week. Mainz also gave away 200 tickets for their game against Hannover last weekend and positive messages on banners showing support for the refugees were held up by fans across the Bundesliga in recent weeks.