Launch event of the 'Turkey Resilience Project in Response to the Syria Crisis' project

The EU supports job creation and language training for refugees through UNDP partnership

Thu, 08.11.2018 - 21:09

The official inauguration of the 'Turkey Resilience Project in Response to the Syria Crisis', financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP, will be held in Ankara tomorrow. About 55,000 Syrian refugees and host community members will benefit from the project. Head of Strategy Development Department MR H. Halil AFŞARATA, Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of European Union Delegation in Turkey, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano and UNDP Turkey Country Director Claudio Tomasi will attend the event.

 

The objectives

 

The project - with a EUR 50 million budget - focuses on job creation, municipal services and Turkish adult language training in eleven provinces in Turkey. It aims to strengthen the economic and social resilience of Syrian refugees, their host communities and relevant national and local Government institutions.

 

The people

 

About 2,000 Syrian refugees and host community members will be placed in formal jobs. Out of those, about 1750 jobs will be created through Small and Medium-sized Enterprises' transformation, innovation programmes and self-employment. Furthermore, about 1,000 Syrian refugees and host community members will be supported in terms of business development and innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Business development training for Syrian-owned enterprises will increase their capacity to expand their business by providing information on financial and HR management, law and regulations including access to finance opportunities and public tenders, access to potential export and import markets, as well as on the work permit regulation etc. The project will also provide approximately 52,000 adult Syrians with language skills training in order to overcome language barriers and better integrate into Turkish society.

 

The infrastructure

 

The programme will also establish waste management and waste water management facilities and provide firefighting equipment to three municipalities in the South East of the country which have been affected by the increase in population as a result of the Syrian crisis.

 

The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: 'It is a pleasure to see every day how the €3 billion-Facility is being implemented to address the needs that the refugee crisis brought to the fore. One of our key priorities is to make both refugees and vulnerable host communities more self-reliant and, in order to do so, to provide them with the tools and the technical skills necessary to be employed'.

 

Background

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey

 

The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium and long-term support were added later, responding to the protracted nature of the crisis. In January 2016, this support was substantially scaled up with the establishment of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.

Through the Facility, €3 billion has been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development and migration management. Under the €3 billion support, 72 projects are on-going and more than €1.9 billion has been disbursed.

This funding comes on top of around €350 million which had been already allocated for refugee support in Turkey since the beginning of the crisis, and on top of bilateral aid provided by EU Member States.

 

EU support to Turkey in socio-economic sector   

Through the Facility for Refugees, the EU has allocated over € 200 million for projects in the area of socio-economic development.

 

For more information please contact:

Silvio CORDOVA – Programme Officer - Facility for Refugees in Turkey, Delegation of the European Union

silvio.cordova@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-uluc@eeas.europa.eu    

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