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EU releases €50m to help refugees in Turkey

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Tuesday, June 14th 2022 à 16:55 | Read 308 times

Humanitarian aid is accessible thanks to a specific debit card (photo: IFRC)
Humanitarian aid is accessible thanks to a specific debit card (photo: IFRC)
TURKEY / EU. On Tuesday 14 June 2022, the European Commission announced the allocation of €50 million in aid to vulnerable refugees and the communities hosting them in Turkey.

This support is part of the €3 billion package released by the European Commission in June 2021 for a period until 2024. This is additional humanitarian aid on top of the €325m already announced in December 2021. It falls under the Emergency Social Assistance (ESNN) Plan for Turkey established in 2016. Under the EU Refugee Facility for Turkey, the EU has allocated €6bn, including €2.4bn in humanitarian aid, to the country between 2016 and 2019.

The new €50m in aid will be dedicated to specialised healthcare as well as legal advice, psychosocial support and access to civil status documents.

"The world's eyes are on Ukraine, but we must not forget the refugees in Turkey, many of whom have been displaced for over a decade now. The most vulnerable among them have been particularly affected by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and their deteriorating economic situation," comments Janez Lenarčič. European Commissioner for Crisis Management, he assures that "the EU will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees in Turkey and offer vital aid to those who need it most."

1.5 million refugees receive monthly assistance

With 4 million, including 3.7 million Syrians who have fled war in their country, on its soil, Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world. 1.5 million of them receive monthly cash assistance thanks to European Union (EU) humanitarian funding and a partnership between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC/IRFC), the Turkish Red Crescent and Turkish government institutions.

"A further 331,000 particularly vulnerable people are receiving cash assistance under the development aid component of the EU Refugee Facility in Turkey, managed by the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations," says the European Commission. The sum of 155 Turkish lira (about €8.30) per month per person allows refugees to cover their basic needs, such as rent, transport costs, bills, food and medicine. They can use it with an ESSN card that works like a normal bank card.

The EU partners in this operation have also distributed some 700,000 e-vouchers, food parcels and item kits.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 98% of refugees in Turkey live outside camps, in difficult and often precarious conditions.

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