Turkey: EU extends humanitarian support for refugees
The European Commission has extended two humanitarian flagship programmes in Turkey until early 2022 that help over 1.8 million refugees to meet their basic needs and over 700,000 children to continue their education. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “The humanitarian needs of refugees in Turkey persist and are even further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The EU is fully committed to support those in need, as we have done for the past years. I am glad that our flagship programmes help thousands of refugee families to have some normality in their daily lives. This is a true demonstration of European solidarity.” The programmes that have been extended until early 2022 are: the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) providing refugees with monthly cash assistance to meet their basic needs; the Conditional Cash Transfers for Education (CCTE), the largest EU-funded humanitarian education programme, providing support to families whose children attend school regularly. The full press release is available online.