EU CONSIDERS 3.5 BLN EURO MIGRANT FUNDING FOR TURKEY, DIPLOMATS SAY


26/06/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that an EU budget of 3.5 billion euros will be allocated by 2024 to support Syrians in Turkey.

Following the EU State Leaders' Summit in Brussels, von der Leyen made a press statement with Council President Charles Michel and EU President Antonio Costa, "We have made it clear that we will continue to support Turkey, which is hosting millions of Syrian refugees, and other partners in the region, such as Jordan and Lebanon. It is in Europe's common interest to protect asylum seekers and support their hosts. Our support in the past will continue in the future." she said.

Von der Leyen said the money would be fully covered by the EU budget and would be used to support refugees on socioeconomic issues.

"There will be no more emergency items. Because Syrians have been living in this region for years and they need a perspective for years to come. In addition, we will support Turkey in managing migration on its eastern border. At the same time, 2.2 billion euros will be provided for Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon by 2024. We have also invited EU members to provide more financing in these areas." she said.


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