The European Commission has announced its commitment to provide humanitarian aid totaling €26 million to support vulnerable refugees and their host communities in Turkey, as well as those affected by the recent major earthquake.
In a press release published on its official website on Saturday, the European Commission highlighted that the southeastern region of Turkey, near the Syrian border, hosts a large number of refugees.
Additionally, this region experienced one of the worst earthquakes in modern Turkish history, resulting in thousands of casualties, widespread infrastructure and housing destruction, and exacerbating the situation for many already vulnerable refugees.
The statement further explained that this new funding will address the most critical humanitarian needs arising from the effects of the earthquakes and the regional refugee crisis.
Out of the €26 million, €4 million will be allocated to emergency education, while the new funding will also provide protection services for vulnerable communities, including asylum seekers and earthquake survivors.
Furthermore, the EU will continue to assist refugees in meeting their basic needs, such as access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene, and specialized healthcare services.