EU-FUNDED 663 MILLION EUROS IN HUMANITARIAN AID TO SYRIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS




Selin ATAY-TDO-The European Union (EU) Commission announced it 663 million Euros is sent in humanitarian aid to Syrian asylum seekers present in Turkey.

The EU Commission stated that this assistance would be used to pursue major projects under the mechanism of support for asylum seekers in Turkey. The 600m Euros will ensure the continuation of the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), the largest humanitarian program in EU history. The remaining money will be directed towards projects in areas such as education and health.

“The EU's support has had a real impact on the lives of asylum seekers in Turkey, " said Hristos Stilianides, Commissioner for humanitarian assistance and Crisis Management. Thanks to the support of the EU, about 1.7 million asylum seekers are able to meet their basic needs and more than 500 thousand asylum-seeker children able to go to school,” he said.

The European Union Commission said the money sent to aid Syrian asylum seekers who are in Turkey is being sent to that in need, diverted through international humanitarian organizations and independent NGOs, not the Turkish administration.

"All of the EU's humanitarian aid is tightly controlled, fully implemented only through our humanitarian partners, and the beneficiaries of the project are well known," the statement said.