Pictures shot in Irak, Jordan and Lebanon.

At the center of the robust EU aid response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, supports up to 1,5 million Syrian refugees and their host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Balkans.

The Trust Fund reinforces the integrated EU aid response to the crisis and primarily addresses longer term educational, economic and social needs of Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities and their administrations in neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The Trust Fund is a key instrument to deliver the EU's pledges for the crisis made at the London conference on Syria in 2016 and the Brussels conference in April 2017, and also underpins the special EU Compacts agreed with Jordan and Lebanon for assistance this protracted refugee crisis.

The Trust Fund's scope has been expanded to also cover support to IDP's in Iraq fleeing from the interlinked Syria/Iraq/Da'esh crisis, to provide flexibility to support affected countries also with hosting non-Syrian refugees, and to provide support in the Western Balkans to non-EU countries affected by the refugee crisis.

"Thanks to the EU Trust Fund, children in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are able to go to school and have access to safe spaces for non-formal education, protection and psycho-social care. Syrian students whose studies were disrupted by the war are receiving scholarships to attend Jordanian, Lebanese, and Turkish universities. Through vocational training and job fairs, Syrian refugees and host communities are improving their chances on the employment market. The EU will continue to respond to the needs arising from the Syria conflict, as testified by the fact that more than €1 billion is being channeled to improve lives via this Trust Fund''.

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and
Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn