The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Turkish Red Crescent issued a new report to provide information on the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on the lives of refugees benefitting from the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) Programme in Turkey. The report underlines that refugee families surveyed are facing major losses to employment. This, combined with the increase in expenses, is a clear indication that there is an economic gap.

According to the assessment that included approximately 500 households, food has been identified as a priority need, followed by cash assistance to cover rent and bills. There has been an increase in expenses related to additional food supplies, with over half of households borrowing money to cover their expenses. The most basic needs, including food and shelter, are currently not met.

Cover of ESSN report

Document data

National Societies
IFRC, Turkish Red Crescent
Cash transfer, ESSN, Refugees
Document type