Huge aid pro­gramme for refugees in Turkey

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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.

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