To mark the International World Refugee Day on 20 June, the European Union’s Information Centres Network in Turkey will invite to Iftar dinners refugees and members of the host communities in 20 provinces of Turkey.
As this year World Refugee Day falls into the holy month of Ramadan, the European Union organizes 20 iftar dinners bringing together refugees and Turkish citizens, representatives of local authorities, NGOs, ordinary people and representatives of the EU.
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Ambassador Hansjörg Haber, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey said: "Crises in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere continue during the holy month of Ramadan, causing immense grief in these countries and for friends of these peoples all over the world. Refugees are ordinary people facing extraordinary difficulties forcing them to leave their homes. Today we are happy to host refugee communities in 20 cities across Turkey at fast-breaking dinners, following the tradition offering hospitality and care for the less fortunate.
Refugee Day events are part of the many activities carried out by the Delegation’s EU Information Centres Network throughout the year to reach out to the Turkish public and key stakeholders with accurate information about the EU’s work in Turkey. The Delegation opened its first EU Information Centre in 1996 in Gaziantep. Since then, centres have been set up in Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Edirne, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Samsun, Sivas, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon, and Van. They function in cooperation with local partners such as chambers of commerce and industry to inform the public about the EU.
- The influx of refugees into Turkey has reached over 3.1 million people, making Turkey the host country with the largest refugee population in the world.
- 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings with limited access to basic services.
- According to MoNE currently, there are 900.000 school age Syrian children and only 340.000 of them are enrolled to schools.
- The European Commission is supporting vulnerable refugees all around Turkey, in particular those living in out-of-camp settings.
The Facility for Refugees in Turkey is the answer to the European Council’s call for significant additional funding to support refugees in Turkey. The Facility provides a joint coordination mechanism for actions financed by the EU budget and national contributions made by the Member States, designed to ensure that the needs of refugees and host communities are addressed in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.
The resources of the Facility come from the EU budget (€1 billion) and from EU Member States (€2 billion) over 2016 and 2017, adding up to €3 billion over two years.
Funding under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey supports refugees as well as hosting communities in the country. The support seeks to improve conditions for refugees in Turkey as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing the refugee crisis inside and outside the EU.
Programming and project preparation under the Facility are accelerating. By the end of July, the EU expects to contract €1 billion in EU funding for humanitarian assistance as well as education, healthcare, food security, infrastructure and socio-economic support.
For more info, please contact:
Selda Düzenli, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey