In November 2015, the EU committed to provide €3bn of resources over 2016 and 2017 for Turkey under the EU-Turkey Action Plan. In return Turkey committed to enhance its support for Syrians under temporary protection in Turkey and to strengthen cooperation with the EU on preventing irregular migration flows to Europe.
Final arrangements for the €3bn Turkey Refugee Facility have been agreed by all EU Member States. The €3bn Turkey Refugee Facility will be funded by €1bn from the EU budget and €2bn bilateral contributions from Member States. Member States’ bilateral contributions are calculated according to their Gross National Income (GNI) share. The UK’s bilateral contribution will be €327m (around £250m). It will be Official Development Assistance (ODA) expenditure and count towards the UK’s ODA target of 0.7% of GNI.
Member States have secured a strong role in the governance of the Facility and disbursals will be tied to Turkish efforts to implement the EU-Turkey Action plan. The €3bn Turkey Refugee Facility will provide immediate humanitarian support and is expected also to fund the schools, hospitals and housing required over the longer term to support refugees and the communities in Turkey which host them.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords