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The Syrian father pictured crying with his family in Kos has reached Germany

They are reported to be staying in a former police barracks in Berlin.

File photo: Syrian family arrives in the German town of Saalfeld.
File photo: Syrian family arrives in the German town of Saalfeld.
Image: Jens Meyer/AP/Press Association Images

THE SYRIAN MAN pictured crying after he and his family landed ashore on the Greek island of Kos has arrived in Germany, according to reports.

Laith Majid (44) and his wife Neda (43) – along with their sons Mustafa (18), Ahmed (17), Taha (9) and daughter Nour (7) – arrived in Berlin after weeks of travel, German newspaper Bild said.

The paper reports that the family is staying in a former police barracks in Spandau, a Berlin borough.

Daniel Etter, the photographer who shot the image for The New York Times, told TheJournal.ie last month that he had helped the family get to the island’s city centre, where refugees are processed by Greek authorities, but later lost track of them.

They had travelled to Kos from Bodrum in Turkey, a popular route for people seeking refuge in Europe, aboard a rubber boat.

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Angela Merkel announced yesterday that Germany will make an additional €6 billion in public funds available next year to cover the cost of housing refugees.

The country is expecting to receive asylum applications from some 800,000 people this year.

Hundreds of Germans welcomed families fleeing conflict in Syria and beyond with signs and presents at railway stations over the weekend.

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