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Turkey: 1.5 million Syrian refugees assisted under EU programme. Funding for food, medicines and schooling

Il commissario Christos Stylianides in visita al Mamak Public Education Center ad Ankara (foto Ue/AFP)

(Brussels) 1.5 million vulnerable refugees have been assisted and supported in Turkey since September 2016, under the “Emergency Social Safety Net”, the largest humanitarian programme the European Union has ever sponsored. The programme provides “monthly cash transfers via a debit card to help refugees buy what they need the most, such as food, medicines, or paying the rent”, a statement from the European Commission reads. The programme is implemented by the World Food Programme and the Turkish Red Crescent which hand out around €20 per person per month. The refugees hosted by Turkey are also helped under the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme that currently supports the families of over 410,000 children who attend school regularly. These programs will continue in 2019 with a funding of €640 million, out of which €80 million will be dedicated to support education in emergencies. The goal is to ensure a “transition from humanitarian aid to a long-term response”. “The European Union, in cooperation with Turkey, is bringing a real change in the lives of the most vulnerable refugees”, said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides, on his visit to Turkey, stressing the need to make the EU’s “assistance sustainable”.

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