Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN)

We are providing cash assistance to more than 1.5 million refugees living in Türkiye through a partnership between the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Turkish Red Crescent Society and with funding from the European Union (EU).

About the programme

Türkiye is home to the largest refugee population in the world. The country hosts more than 4 million refugees, many of whom are from Syria and fleeing a ten-year long conflict. It is estimated that over 98% of refugees in Türkiye are living outside of camps.

Funded by the European Union and its member states under the Facility for Refugees in Türkiye, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme provides monthly cash assistance via debit cards to the most vulnerable refugees in Türkiye.

Every month, each family member receives 155 Turkish Lira, enabling them to decide for themselves how to cover essential needs like rent, transport, bills, food and medicine. The programme offers additional quarterly top-ups based on family size.

The ESSN is the largest humanitarian programme in the history of the EU and the largest programme ever implemented by the IFRC.

Watch: How a cash card helps refugees in Türkiye


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