Huge aid programme for refugees in Turkey
The European Union was due to launch a 348 million euro aid project last night to help the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey – part of a landmark EU deal with Turkey aimed at curbing the flow of migrants to Europe. Up to one million refugees living outside of camps are to receive debit cards that will allow them to buy their own food and pay for housing, education and other needs. The cards would be topped up monthly, with payments dependent on the size and needs of the families. The project, which was being launched by EU Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides in Ankara, said the programme was “proof of the EU’s commitment to [help] Turkey cover the challenge posed by the refugee crisis”. “I am in Ankara for a specific reason: to launch the biggest, largest humanitarian project the EU has ever supported,” Stylianides said before the launch. The programme is to be administered by the World Food Programme, with help of Turkish Red Crescent, the Turkish crisis management agency and the ministry for family and social policy.
SUPPORT: Refugees to get cards