Report: Turkey preparing EU-funded refugee aid plans

Turkey will prioritize investments in education and health as it lays out 3 billion euros (3.3 billion dollars) worth of aid projects for Syrian refugees, according to a report Monday.

Europe has pledged to give Turkey the money for the refugees, part of a wider deal which is meant to see Ankara help stem the flow of migrants to the bloc. Turkey says it hosts some 2.7 million Syrian refugees.

"We have been doing the necessary work and prepared the projects that will use the 3-billion-euro fund," Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) chief Fuat Oktay told Hurriyet Daily News.

"The priority will be the investments on education and health," said Oktay, adding that infrastructure projects and building new camps are also planned.

The proposals must still be submitted to the Dutch government, the holder of the European Union's presidency, according to the report in the Hurriyet Daily News.

AFAD has taken the lead role in Turkey in dealing with the refugee crisis and runs the camps built for the Syrians.

Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees and is also the main transit point for migrants taking dangerous boat rides to smuggle themselves illegally into Europe.

Most Syrian refugees in Turkey lack work permits, a major reason many cite for pushing onward to Europe.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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