EU Provides €2M to Support UNRWA’s Aid of Palestinian Refugees from Syria

AMMAN, July 30, 2015 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) has provided €2 million ($ 2.2 million) to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) emergency response for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) living in Jordan.

The UN agency said in a press release  that the donation would help to preserve the resilience and mitigate the vulnerability of PRS in Jordan.

The EU and UNRWA signed a Joint Declaration for 2014-2016 that foresees a core EU contribution during these years of some €246 million ($ 270.6 million), depending on funds available in the annual EU budget.

Joanna Wronecka, the EU Ambassador to Jordan said, “This long standing partnership between the EU and UNRWA has allowed millions of Palestine refugees to be better educated, to live healthier lives, to access employment opportunities and to improve their living conditions, thus contributing to the development of the entire region.”

“This timely donation will help to reduce the financial deficit of the emergency appeal for PRS in Jordan,” said Roger Davies, the UNRWA Director of Operations in Jordan.

“It will enable us to provide roughly 80 per cent of Palestine refugees from Syria who are recorded with the Jordan Field Office with cash assistance to meet essential food and non-food item (NFI) needs, as well as emergency cash grants and access to basic education.”

However, while this contribution from the EU will provide urgently needed support for Palestine refugees, the UNRWA General Fund deficit still stands at $ 101 million.