New EU funding for Palestine refugees through UNRWA
November 23, 2015
The EU will provide €10 million of fresh support to Palestine Refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This contribution, which comes in addition to the €10 million granted in October and brings to €102 million the EU’s support over 2015, will help UNRWA keep schools open and maintain core services to Palestinian refugees.
Announcing the funding, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said: “Thanks to UNRWA, [Palestinian children’s] right to go to school and build a better future for themselves and the region can be guaranteed. The EU will continue to stand by UNRWA as it provides Palestine refugees not only with critical quality services, but also with stability and hope for the future in very difficult circumstances“.
The EU is the largest multilateral donor of international assistance to Palestine refugees, providing support to UNRWA since 1971. Between 2007 and 2014, the EU contributed over €1 billion ($1.44 billion) in support of UNRWA, including €809 million for the Agency’s core programmes and services. (EU Neighbourhood Info)