EU to give debit cards to refugees in Turkey

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The EU announced plans Thursday to distribute debit cards to refugees in Turkey to help them meet basic needs as part of a multi-billion euro aid deal with Ankara to curb migrant flows to Europe.

Working with Turkish and UN officials, the European Union said it will launch next month the program to distribute EU-funded debit cards that will help up to one million of Turkey's nearly three million refugees, most of them Syrian.

"The refugees in need of humanitarian assistance will receive an electronic debit card," EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides told a press conference in Brussels to announce the plan.

"They will get monthly cash transfers to the card. And of course they will be able to buy what they need to put bread on the table for their families, to provide a roof for their families, to send their children to school instead of...

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