The issue of immigration and migrating refugee populations continue to be contentious in the news across Europe. However, no country has borne as large a burden in relation to the refugee crisis as Turkey. Literally millions of Syrians have fled across the Turkish border since the war began over five years ago.
Of the 4.8 million people who’ve been forced to become refugees by the conflict, a staggering 2.7 million are now living in Turkey. In fear for the lives, they have left their ravaged homeland, often with only the possessions they could carry on their backs, and streamed across the border in search of safety for themselves and their families.
This has naturally posed massive humanitarian challenges for Turkey: how to find resources to cater for so many additional people in terms of shelter, food, health, and education – it is a burden too big to bear without international assistance and the help of aid agencies like Concern.
The EU is making a strong contribution to this effort through schemes like the Children of Peace initiative and by funding individual support programmes like our e-voucher scheme, helping to provide children with access to education and to provide vulnerable families with emergency financial assistance to cover the fundamental necessities of survival.