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The European Union pledges an additional €1 billion in support to Syrians by 2022

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, promised this Tuesday, May 10, an additional support of EUR 1,000 million for the Syrian people this year.

The official made the announcement during his opening speech at the sixth Brussels Conference: Supporting the future of Syria and its region, in which he assured that “even if Syria is no longer on the front pages”, the need for humanitarian assistance “continues being huge”.

The new commitment would bring the bloc’s total contribution to €1.56 billion.

Borrell pointed out that 92% of Syrians living in their home country face poverty, and about 60% of them face food insecurity, as they usually don’t know “where the next meal will come from.”

Furthermore, the senior EU diplomat drew attention to the needs of around seven million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

“I would like to acknowledge the constant generosity shown by governments to refugee populations, (as) even integration and tensions are a heavy burden,” he said.

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Borrell noted that the survival of millions in Syria depends on Ankara’s continued cross-border assistance.

“The EU will work with Turkey and others and to renew vital cross-border solutions that ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” said the Spanish diplomat.

Representatives of governments, international organizations and agencies, as well as regional organizations and civil society, participate in the donor conference that takes place this Monday and Tuesday.

Last year, the international community pledged a total of €5.3 million in aid for Syria and neighboring countries hosting refugees.

Syria has been in civil war since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

More than 400,000 people have died and more than 12 million have had to flee their homes and become refugees or internally displaced persons, according to the EU.

Turkey is the country that receives the most refugees in the world, since it provides protection to nearly 4 million people who fled from the neighboring country.

*Aicha Sandoval Alaguna contributed to the writing of this article.

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