EU AN­NOUNCES EX­TRA $142M FUND FOR REFUGEES IN TURKEY

Dünya Executive - - OVERVIEW -

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.

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