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EU announces extra €127m fund for refugees in Turkey

To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU’s largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the European Commission has announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.

This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “The EU is upholding its commitments to Turkey and the most vulnerable refugees. Our new funding will allow us to reach more than 1.6 million refugees, helping them to live in dignity in Turkey.

“Our financial assistance programme is a success story of innovation in humanitarian aid and has given many families a chance to build a secure future after having fled the war in Syria.”

The ESSN programme provides refugees with monthly financial assistance through a special debit card which can only be used within Turkey and whose use is strictly monitored.

It helps refugees integrate into the local economy and society as they pay for basic needs themselves such as food and rent.

The EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey was set up in 2015 in response to the European Council’s call for significant additional funding to support Syrian refugees in Turkey. It has a total budget of €6 billion divided into two equal tranches of €3 billion each.

In addition to humanitarian assistance, development projects under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey focus on education, migration management, health, municipal infrastructure, and socio-economic support.

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