Britain commits £275 million to help Turkey handle refugees

November 13, 2015 13:32

LONDON - Britain has committed £275 million ($420 million) to a planned European Union fund designed to help Turkey accommodate the more than 2 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, the British government said on Friday.

Prime Minister David Cameron made the commitment during a summit in Malta this week which was aimed at seeking ways to stem a chaotic flow of migrants that threatens Europe's unity and open borders.

Spread over the next two years, the commitment will go toward helping Turkey support and improve conditions for refugees, a government spokesperson said.

Civil war in neighboring Syria has forced millions to flee across the border, straining resources in countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Many of the displaced eventually seek passage to Europe, which is also struggling to cope with the influx of refugees.

Britain's pledge forms part of a €3 billion fund planned by the EU. Details on how the rest of fund will be structured have yet to be finalized.

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