Syrian refugee families sitting in front of their tents in Gazza village in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon | Photo: EPA/Nabil Mounzer
Syrian refugee families sitting in front of their tents in Gazza village in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon | Photo: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

The European Union has approved an aid package worth almost 240 million euros. The goal: To help Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. Total aid from the EU fund for Syrian refugees now comes to two billion euros.

The EU said in statement published on Tuesday that the aid package will provide additional help for the most vulnerable persons in the region and assist hosting countries to better face public health challenges.

"In the tenth year of the Syrian crisis which has displaced half of the country's population, the European Union continues to stand by the Syrian refugees and neighbouring countries hosting them," said Josep Borrell, who is the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as the Vice-President of the European Commission.

The aid, Borrell said, would not only help tackle the most immediate challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, but also help build a better future for refugees.

Where the money is going

Where exactly are the €239 million going? The biggest share of the money is going to Lebanon, which hosts close to one million Syrians. Just over €60 million are going to various projects in Jordan; 10 million to Iraq.

According to the statement released by the EU, the assistance package contains....
  • 100 million euros to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable local households and Syrian refugees, as well as to contribute to the establishment of sustainable social safety nets in Lebanon;
  • 57.5 million euros to strengthen the public education system in Lebanon to deliver quality education for vulnerable local and Syrian refugee children
  • 27.5 million euros to provide education for Syrians in refugee camps in Jordan
  • 22 million euros to improve the public health system in Jordan
  • 11 million euros to empower local and refugee women in Jordan
  • 10.5 million euros to support services for the protection of children and women in Lebanon
  • 10 million to improve the living and housing conditions of vulnerable returnees and support peacebuilding in western Ninewa in Iraq
 

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