Facility for Refugees in Turkey: over €1.4 billion in support of education and health

Today, the European Commission has adopted a Special Measure worth over €1.4 billion in support of refugees who have fled the war in Syria and their host communities. The money will go towards education, health, municipal and social infrastructure, and socio-economic support. In addition, a further €79 million of previously allocated funds for humanitarian aid projects has been contracted to a number of partners, including UN agencies, international organisations as well as international NGOs. Today’s announcement, under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, is part of the Commission’s commitment to deliver on what was agreed to in the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March. Since then, €2.155 billion out of the foreseen €3 billion for this and next year has already been mobilised. Funding under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey supports refugees in the country, not Turkey. The support seeks to improve conditions for refugees in Turkey as part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to addressing the refugee crisis inside and outside the EU. A full press release is available online, as is a factsheet on the Facility for Refugees in Turkey and more information on the projects.