UNRWA and EU help Palestinian refugees in Syria with emergency financial assistance – Syrian Arab Republic

In 2021, the European Union (EU) contributed €2 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Emergency Appeal 2021 for humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the conflict. This funding contributed to the Agency’s efforts to provide 28,622 vulnerable Palestinian refugees with emergency financial assistance to help them meet their most basic needs such as food, shelter or heating. Over a period of five months, Palestinian refugees received US$14, the equivalent of 11.86 Euros (SYP 35,000) each month.

A targeted approach introduced in 2019 helped UNRWA identify the most vulnerable refugees in need of emergency cash. Female- and elderly-headed households, people with disabilities, unaccompanied minors and orphans have been prioritized for EU-funded support.

“Palestinian refugees in Syria, a country torn by conflict, severe economic crisis and the impact of COVID-19, are among the most vulnerable displaced population groups. The EU is committed to maintaining its humanitarian aid to the refugees whose situation is not expected to improve anytime soon. A small monthly cash grant goes a long way to improving their daily lives and preserving their dignity,” said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič.

The conflict in Syria has left millions displaced and is about to enter its 12th year, the situation remains tense and unstable. According to UNRWA estimates, approximately 40% of the Palestinian refugee population in Syria continues to be displaced.

Inflation in commodity prices, unavailability of food and fuel, and depreciation of the local currency have created a dire humanitarian situation for Palestinian refugees. An UNRWA survey conducted in May 2021 found that 82% of refugees were living on less than US$1.9 a day and that 48% of total household expenditure was on food, indicating severe distress in the country. within families.

“UNRWA greatly appreciates the continued support provided by the European Union to maintain the flow of humanitarian cash assistance to Palestinian refugees in Syria. The contribution of EU humanitarian aid is helping Palestinian refugees, many of whom are displaced, to meet their basic needs, including food and shelter,” said Amanya Michael-Ebye, UNRWA in Syria.

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