The EU is a leading global donor in the response to humanitarian needs created by the Syria and Iraq crises
In Syria and neighbouring refugee-hosting countries, 565 million Euros have been committed in humanitarian assistance. Through its humanitarian partners, the European Commission is supporting programmes which provide millions of people with life-saving assistance, including food and safe drinking water, shelter, emergency medical treatments, basic household items and protection. It also supports vulnerable Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries with assistance such as shelter and housing needs, basic assistance, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, health services and protection.
In Iraq the European Commission’s humanitarian programme is helping internally displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, as well as Iraqi refugees in the neighbouring countries. The European Commission has played a key role in improving the quality of the humanitarian response throughout Iraq and has been instrumental in reaching people in underserved, hard to reach and conflict- affected areas. In Lebanon and Jordan, new Iraqi refugees are being supported through an EU-funded cash assistance programme run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), targeting the most vulnerable refugees including female-headed households, families with several dependents, people with disabilities and the elderly.