EU ANNOUNCES EXTRA $142M FUND FOR REFUGEES IN TURKEY
On August 6, the EU announced 127 million euro ($142 million) worth of additional funds to humanitarian programs in Turkey supporting refugees, according to a written statement.
The EU’s total contribution to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) program via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey reached 1.12 billion euros ($1.26 billion) with the new funding, it noted.
Christos Stylianides, a commissioner for humanitarian aid, said: “Our new funding will allow us to reach more than 1.6 million refugees, helping them to live in dignity in Turkey”.
The ESSN program provides monthly financial assistance for refugees with a special debit card which can be used only in Turkey. This implementation helps to integrate refugees into the local economy and society by paying for basic needs, it added.
The EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey was set up in 2015 in response to the European Council’s call.
The Facility has a total budget of €6 billion ($6.7 billion) and is divided into two equal tranches, the statement read.
“Out of 6 billion euros worth of funds, over 5.6 billion euros ($6.3 billion) has been allocated, while over 3.5 billion euros ($3.9 billion) has been contracted and over 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) has already been disbursed,” it said.
“With financing from the EU, over 1.6 million refugees receive around 20 euros ($22.30) per person per month, plus quarterly top-ups to help meet their basic needs such as rent and food,” the statement added.
Turkey hosts over 3.6 million Syrian refugees, according to a refugee association’s data.