Thursday 21 September 2017

850,000 refugees in Turkey receiving cash assistance, says EU

A refugee shows her debit card at a Turkish government social aid centre in Ankara (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
A refugee shows her debit card at a Turkish government social aid centre in Ankara (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

More than 850,000 people are now benefiting from a European Union-funded project that provides cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey, an EU official said

The project, billed as the EU's largest humanitarian programme, provides debit cards to the most disadvantaged families, allowing them to buy food and meet other needs.

It was launched last year following an agreement in which the EU pledged three billion euros (£2.7 billion) to help Syrian migrants in Turkey in return for Turkish assistance in curbing illegal migration to Europe.

Jane Lewis, head of the EU humanitarian aid office in Turkey, said the programme aims to assist 1.3 million refugees by the end of the year.

Turkey hosts more than three million mostly Syrian refugees.

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