EU announces €47 million to strengthen migration management and to support education of Syrian refugees in Turkey
May 27, 2016
The European Commission, delivering on its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, announced yesterday a further €47 million in new projects, bringing the total amount contracted under the Facility to address the immediate needs of refugees and host communities in Turkey so far to almost €240 million.
€20 million has been committed under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) to enhance the capacity of the Turkish Coast Guard to carry out search and rescue operations. An additional €27 million will fund educational infrastructure, skills training and social support for Syrian refugees under the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis. This new commitment is part of the accelerated implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey which was agreed under the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March.
Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: “The EU Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis is one of Europe’s key instruments for delivering on our €3 billion pledge to help Syria and the region. The new funding for Turkey focuses on two key priorities of the EU-Turkey Joint Statement: to provide schooling to all children and to invest in livelihoods and social cohesion for refugees and host communities, ensure stability and provide refugees with the hope and perspective of a better life.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)