Mid-term review of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EU support has made a significant contribution to the well-being of Syrians and others fleeing conflict in the region – Turkey


As part of the EU-Turkey Declaration of March 2016, the European Union (EU) mobilized EUR 6 billion in aid to refugees in Turkey through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The mid-term strategic assessment presented today concluded that this aid has made a significant contribution to the well-being of Syrians and other people who fled the conflict in the region. As the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced at the European Council from June 24th to 25th, the EU budget will be endowed with 3 billion euros in the period 2021-2023, which demonstrates the continued solidarity of the EU with refugees and host communities in Turkey underlines.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Ten years after the Syrian conflict, our partners in the region still bear the lion’s share of the burden. It is our common challenge to protect the refugees and support their hosts.”

Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi said: “This evaluation is a valuable source of information on the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey; we will be inspired by it to lead the mobilization of additional socio-economic support of 3 billion euros for refugees from the EU budget to support themselves ”, a key investment for their future and the stability of the region and above out. I look forward to continuing our good cooperation with Turkey in these joint efforts. “

Main results of the evaluation

The independent assessment finds that the Facility for Refugees in Turkey has made a significant contribution to the well-being of Syrians and others who have fled conflict in the region in areas such as health, education, protection and socio-economic support. The facility is a symbol of solidarity and support for Turkey, which has generously hosted the largest number of refugees in the world. According to the mid-term evaluation, the Facility provided assistance on an unprecedented scale and scale. This aid largely corresponded to the needs of the refugees and was targeted.

However, the report also notes that the EU needs to do more to alleviate social tensions for refugees, including developing a strategy for social cohesion. He also called on the EU to do more to reach some of the refugees who have the least access to help. It should also be noted that the establishment of the Facility as a coordination mechanism of financial instruments had limitations in terms of strategic coherence. The Commission has come to the conclusion that it is therefore necessary to rely on the EU budget and decision-making under the Community method to provide further assistance to Turkey. The reviewers will present their results and recommendations today, July 7th, in the form of a virtual public event (2:00 p.m.-3: 30 p.m. CET). Please register here.


The Refugee Facility is an important part of the 2016 EU-Turkey Declaration, which represents a significant expansion of EU support to refugees in Turkey.

The facility combines EUR 3 billion from the EU budget and EUR 3 billion from contributions from EU Member States. The first tranche of EUR 3 billion was mobilized in 2016-2017, the second in 2018-2019. Since 2016, the EU has been working with Turkish ministries, development banks from EU member states, international financial institutions, UN agencies and NGOs to implement more than 100 refugee projects in Turkey.

The full € 6 billion has already been awarded and over € 4.1 billion has already been paid out. The remaining funds will continue to be disbursed until the projects are completed, most in 2022 and 2023 and some in 2025.

Turkey has taken in around 4 million refugees, the largest refugee community in the world. These include 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees and 330,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Somalia. Turkey continues to make commendable efforts to host, assist and host refugees and migrants, who are seriously affecting host communities.

On June 24-25, 2021, the European Council agreed to provide refugees in Turkey with additional EU aid worth EUR 3 billion for the period 2021-2023.

For more informations

Mid-Term Strategic Assessment of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: Main Report

Declaration EU-Turkey 2016

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey

Factsheet on the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey

Fifth Annual Report on the Facility for Refugees in Turkey

Overview of projects under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey


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