German football giants Bayern Munich announce refugee integration plans

Bayern Munich plan to make refugees feel welcome. Credit: PA

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have announced plans which they hope will aid migrant integration in Germany in response to the refugee crisis.

The five-time European Cup winners say will will invest €1 million into projects aimed at refugees and will also host a youth academy training camp for young immigrants.

At the training camps, children will be provided with meals, German classes and football equipment.

Bayern will work in conjunction with the City of Munich authorities to carry out the initiatives.

In addition to these projects, prior to the club's next home game against Augsburg, each player will enter the pitch with one German child and one refugee child in order to set an example of integration.

Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's president, said: "Bayern has a social responsibility to help the refugees, needy children, women and men, to help them and to assist them in Germany."

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann praised Bayern's work: "This is a great and exemplary action that I very much welcome and support - it's another great sign of the helpfulness and welcoming culture in our country."

The actions of the club follow the 'Refugees Welcome' campaign in the Bundesliga, which saw fans take banners to games last to promote the cause.