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EU Announces €530 Million To Continue Its Flagship Education Programmes For Refugees And Host Communities In Turkey

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 14:05

The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut visited a primary and secondary school in Mardin, which is supported by the EU-funded PIKTES programme. PIKTES is implemented by the Turkish Ministry of National Education. Ambassador Meyer-Landrut expressed his appreciation for the adopted continued financial support for inclusive quality education for refugees in Turkey. 

“The European Union continues to attach importance to equal access to quality education. We have achieved a lot under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This additional new funding enables us to build on EU-funded programmes, including PIKTES and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE), which support the integration of refugee children in Turkish schools until summer 2025. These funds also extend our support to higher education by providing scholarships to the most talented students. This new funding shall enable more refugee children to continue to go to school and learn for the benefit of themselves, their family and the wider community. In that sense an investment in quality education for everyone is an investment in a better future for the whole society.”


Support for refugees in Turkey:

Turkey has been hosting around 4 million refugees, the largest refugee community in the world. This includes 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees and 370,000 registered refugees from other countries. Turkey continues to make commendable efforts to receive, support and host refugees and migrants. 

The Facility for Refugees, a key component of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, marked a significant scale-up of EU support to refugees in Turkey. In addition to the €3 billion of EU budget, the Facility benefits from €3 billion of EU Member States contributions. All €6 billion has been fully contracted and over €4.35 billion disbursed. The balance will be disbursed as projects progress on the ground and will be completed during the period of 2022-24, with final disbursements planned for 2025.

Given that resources under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey have been fully committed, the European Council of 24-25 June 2021 announced the continuation of EU support for refugees and host communities in Turkey for 2021-2023.

In June 2021, the European Commission proposed a total package of €5.7 billion for refugee support in the region, of which €3 billion is to be allocated in Turkey.

Furthermore, in 2020, the EU allocated over €535 million in bridge humanitarian funding to refugees in Turkey. The overall amount of assistance is close to EUR 10 billion.

Measure to support quality inclusive education for refugees in Turkey:

The measure, worth €530 million, will support quality inclusive education of refugees in Turkey and access to higher education, notably through scholarships.

It has three components:

First, the project on Promoting Integration of Syrian Kids into Turkish Education System (PIKTES), which started in 2016 and provides essential support to the integration of refugee children into the Turkish education system. The project provides for teacher salaries, transportation costs, education equipment and supplies, provides catch-up and back-up classes to students, Turkish language trainings, teachers' trainings, school guidance and counselling programme, early childhood education while promoting social cohesion in a fully integrated way. To date, there have been two PIKTES projects. The third phase would start in October 2022 and be of an amount of EUR 300 million.

Second, the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project, which started in 2016 under the humanitarian envelope of the Facility. The fourth generation of this critical support will ensure a continuity of incentives for the schooling of around 700,000 refugee children through cash transfers, and outreach to children at risk of dropping out. The CCTE would start in summer 2022 and be of an amount of EUR 210 million.

The third component (bEUrs) supports refugees' access to higher education including via scholarships and related support services. This will ensure that they have the necessary skills to secure better employment opportunities. The scholarship component would start at the start of the academic year 2023/2024, and be of an amount of EUR 20 million.



For more information please contact:

Burce Dundar, Programme Manager, Facility for Refugees in Turkey

burce.dundar@eeas.europa.eu / T +90 312 459 87 00

For press inquiries:

Miray Akdağ - Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey miray.akdag@eeas.europa.eu    

M +90 532 624 93 56 / T +90 312 459 88 77