Syrian refugees in Turkey will be able to benefit from an amount of 149.6 million euros approved by the ambassadors of the European Union.
In a press release issued by the council on Wednesday, September 29, it was announced that the fund will be allocated to 3.7 million refugees in Turkey to cover their basic needs such as rent, transportation, bills, food and medicine, TheSchengen.com reports. .
“Following the official approval by the Council next week, the draft budget amendment for 2021 will await approval by the European Parliament,” the press release read.
According to the European Commission’s mid-term assessment, which was submitted in July, financial assistance to Syrians and other refugees has been vital to the well-being of this group. Since March 2016, the European Union has allocated about 6 billion euros to support refugees in Turkey. Moreover, the EU budget is expected to mobilize another 3 billion euros until 2023 for refugees and other communities in Turkey.
Ten years into the Syrian conflict, our partners in the region still bear the lion’s share of the burden. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the collective challenge we face is to protect refugees and support their hosts.
This EU assistance appears to have left Syrians content, with 66 per cent claiming that they would not consider returning to their homeland. According to The Next Day (TDA) results, 1,600 Syrian participants in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden said they would not return to Syria. The same approach was detected in Syrians living in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
A study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that 90% of the 3,201 Syrians surveyed said they did not intend to return to Syria for at least the next 12 months. Lack of employment opportunities, safety and security, and housing concerns were among the most important reasons listed by Syrian participants for their unwillingness to return to their home country.
Moreover, the report “Syria: Situation of Returnees from Abroad” issued by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) revealed that 10,000 Syrians applied for international protection from the EU only during the first two months of 2021. This is the largest number of applications from Syria since 2016. The report also reveals that from September 2020 to February 2021, the number of Syrians seeking asylum in the European Union doubled compared to the previous six months.
TheSchengen.com recently reported that the number of applications from Afghans is increasing, almost reaching the number of Syrian applications. According to EASO, there were 7,300 applications submitted by Afghans, which is a 21 percent increase since June. On the other hand, about 8,500 applications were submitted by Afghans for international protection or an increase of 14 percent compared to June 2021, making Syria the country with the largest number of asylum seekers in the European Union in several months.