On 6 September, the European Commission published Seventh Report on the Progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey StatementOn 6 September, the European Commission published Seventh Report on the Progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement
Despite a slight increase in daily arrivals compared to before the summer, the number of irregular crossings has remained low (at 93 per day on average since the Sixth Report published on 13 June). Also the number of lives lost in the Aegean Sea has significantly dropped compared to the past. Arrivals through the Greece-Turkey land border have remained at a low level. Resettlement of Syrian refugees progressed at a steady pace, with almost 9,000 Syrians already resettled from Turkey to the EU. Both project approval and disbursements under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey also continued to make progress. Currently, out of the EUR 3 billion for 2016-2017, contracts have been signed for 48 projects for a total amount of EUR 1.664 billion and disbursements have reached EUR 838 million. The number of vulnerable refugees supported by the Emergency Social Safety Net has rapidly increased from 600,000 to 860,000 persons, and is expected to reach 1.3 million refugees by the end of 2017.