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EU to provide nearly €150M extra fund for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Bloc extends cash assistance program for most vulnerable Syrian refugees

Agnes Szucs   | 29.09.2021
EU to provide nearly €150M extra fund for Syrian refugees in Turkey FILE PHOTO

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EU ambassadors approved on Wednesday €149.6 million ($174 million) extra funding for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The financial support will extend the bloc’s multi-purpose cash assistance program that provides monthly transfers for the most vulnerable refugees in the country, the Council of the EU wrote in a press release.

The scheme, officially named Emergency Social Safety Net, is the biggest humanitarian program in the bloc’s history that has been helping 1.8 million refugees to cover essential needs of rent, bills, food, and medicine.

The additional €149.6 million will be financed from the remaining margin of the 2021 budget.

The budgetary amendment has yet to be approved by the European Parliament.

Turkey is the largest host country for Syrian refugees, providing protection to nearly 4 million people who fled the neighboring country.

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