WFP: Cash assistance programme for refugees within Turkey reaches milestone
17.10.2017 10:14 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
A programme that provides refugees within Turkey with monthly cash assistance through debit cards - the Emergency Social Safety Net programme - has reached one million people within the past year, UN Radio says referring to the WFP (WFP) report.
As to the report, the Emergency Social Safety Net programme allows refugee families to withdraw around US$34 from banking machines, or to use the cards within shops, to cover their basic needs.
As to the report, the programme, funded by the European Union, is currently the biggest cash assistance operation for refugees anywhere within the world.
This is the first year the programme has been in place, and WFP said data shows the money has been spent primarily on food, utilities and rent.
It is to be admitted, now Turkey is hosting three million refugees: the largest refugee population within the world, with the majority, over 90%, being from neighbouring Syria.