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Europe Praises Turkey’s Humanitarian Efforts 13 November 2015

Europe Praises Turkey’s Humanitarian Efforts

The European Commission’s 2015 Progress Report on Turkey hailed the country’s humanitarian relief efforts, which AFAD coordinates, as ”unprecedented” and ”vital.”

Ankara, 11 November 2015 -- The European Commission published the 2015 Progress Report on Turkey to praise the country’s efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria and across the Middle East. Noting that the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has created a network of 25 state-of-the-art refugee camps, the rapporteurs described Turkey’s humanitarian relief operation as ”unprecedented” and ”noteworthy.”

The progress report established that the number of refugees in Turkey has been on the rise over the past year, while highlighting the fact that the Turkish government, as part of the temporary protection status that the refugee community enjoys, provides free healthcare and education to 2.2 million Syrian asylum seekers.

AFAD has been coordinating Turkey’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2011. Over the past four years, the Turkish government and Turkish NGOs devoted close to $8 billion to humanitarian relief, outspending the international community, including UN agencies, twenty-to-one.

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