UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes EU funding support of €400 million for Syria crisis

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Syrian families continue to flee across borders. This photograph was taken at the Jordan border [UNHCR/J.Kohler]

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today welcomed the announcement by the European Union of a major new contribution of €400 million for the Syria situation in 2013.

The funding announced by the European Union is among the largest so far to the Syria crisis by any donor. The €400 million is expected to go towards the regional refugee response as well as humanitarian needs inside Syria. UNHCR understands that €250 million will be used to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in Syria and neighboring countries while €150 million is allotted for development-related aid that includes support to communities hosting refugees and security for refugee camps.

High Commissioner Guterres said "This funding is extremely important and very, very timely", adding "Syria is fast becoming one of the most tragic, most dangerous, and largest crises since the end of the Cold War, and it is causing suffering on an enormous scale. The urgency of needs is difficult to overstate".

The Syria situation has grown rapidly in recent months, with thousands of people fleeing across borders daily, and placing strain on neighbouring countries as they cope with the inflows. UN humanitarian agencies are expected to announce on Friday (June 7) a major new funding push, among which will be an appeal for targeted funds in support of two of the largest refugee-hosting countries, Jordan and Lebanon.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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