EU funded programme supports 1.5m refugees in Turkey

Photo: EC Christos Stylianides (C) visits Mamak Public Education Center, Ankara, 7 January.

The Emergency Social Safety Net, the largest ever EU humanitarian programme, launched in 2016, has now assisted 1.5m of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey, the European Commission press service reported on Monday.

"The EU, in cooperation with Turkey, is bringing a real change in the lives of the most vulnerable refugees. I am very proud of what we have achieved together. Jointly with Turkey we will continue this support, focusing on making our assistance sustainable," Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, visiting Turkey on the occasion said:

The Emergency Social Safety Net provides monthly cash transfers via a debit card to help refugees buy what they need the most, such as food, medicines, or paying the rent. Another flagship programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education, has surpassed its initial goals and now supports the families of more than 410,000 children who attend school regularly.

The EU programmes will continue in 2019, with a focus on further supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring a sustainable transition from humanitarian aid to a long-term response. The EU humanitarian funding foreseen for 2019 is €640m, out of which €80m will be dedicated to support education in emergencies. This funding is part of the second tranche of €3bn of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey for both humanitarian and non-humanitarian assistance.


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