EU approves aid package worth $468 million for Syrian refugees in Turkey


The European Union on Wednesday approved a new assistance package worth Euros 400 million ($468 million) for the education of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The funding is the first action adopted following the agreement by EU member states to finance an additional Euros 3 billion ($3.5 billion) for the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, according to a statement from the European Commission (EC).

The package will focus on outreach, increasing quality of education for students, Turkish language training for adults, the continuation and improvement of the examination system, and social cohesion activities, the EC said.

"With the endorsement of the second tranche of funding by EU member states, we are continuing to deliver on our commitment to support Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey," said Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

The EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey was set up in 2015 to support Syrian refugees in the country. The EU facility has a total budget of Euros 6 billion ($7 billion) from the EU budget and member states.

It noteworthy that Turkey hosts nearly 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world.

Source: International Islamic News Agency