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Press visit to projects for Syrian refugees in Turkey

07 June - 11 June 2016, Turkey (DG ECHO)

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In cooperation with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the European Journalism Centre (EJC) organises a press visit to Turkey on 7-11 June for a group of 8 journalists from the EU28.

The trip aims to raise awareness and understanding of the EUs humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey that remain outside of camp settings, by way of providing journalists with opportunities to report from the field and meeting organisations and stakeholders working on the ground.

The 3-day programme will mainly feature visits to EU-funded humanitarian aid projects in urban areas of Istanbul and Gaziantep, which aim to meet the educational, health and food needs of the Syrian refugees residing in Turkey.

The influx of Syrian, Iraqi and refugees of other nationalities into Turkey has breached over 3.1 million registered, thus making Turkey the largest host of refugees in the world. About 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey remain outside of camp settings, in rural and urban areas that are usually unaccounted for and where access to public services like education and health is very limited.

The total funding provided by the EU to Turkey in response to the Syria Crisis since the beginning of the crisis, including humanitarian aid as well as longer-term assistance, amounts to over 445 million euros Of this amount 111 million euros is humanitarian funding.

On February 2016 the EU launched the Refugee Facility for Turkey, with 3 billion euros for projects to deliver efficient and complementary support to Syrian and other refugees and host communities in Turkey. This help is mainly focused on meeting immediate needs by providing food, health services and education.

Arrival in Istanbul is planned on the 7th of June and departure on the 11th - with the option of flying back in and out at an earlier or later date, respectively, provided that flights do not cost more -. A more detailed seminar programme will be available shortly.

This press trip is especially tailored for journalists in the field of humanitarian aid, migration and refugee crisis.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation, most meals, visas and if needed, insurance.

Interested journalists should apply directly via the EJC seminars website by Thursday 12 May.

For more information, contact Barbara Kuznik at kuznik@ejc.net

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* DG ECHO is showing its support for World Refugee Day with an awareness-raising campaign and video that will be rolled out across social media. The campaign will draw attention to the plight of the 60 million men, women and children currently displaced worldwide. EU funding for humanitarian assistance saves lives and provides access to shelter, food and other essential services such as health, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and education.

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