As the crisis in Syria enters its eighth year, millions of Syrian refugees face continued uncertainty – especially when it comes to affording the cost of daily life in exile.
Approximately 70 percent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line. Paying for basic needs – rent, utilities, food, water and healthcare – is often a struggle. This puts refugee families at dire risk, often sending them into a spiral of vulnerability, forcing them to make difficult choices such as skipping meals or taking their children out of school.
Monthly cash assistance makes a vital difference for vulnerable Syrian refugee families who are determined to provide a better life for their families. They strive to make ends meet, but often fall short.
A safe, secure and reliable 5-step process
UNHCR’s cash assistance program uses an innovative, secure approach to identify vulnerable families and transfer the cash they need in a safe, reliable way.
According to UNHCR assessments, monthly cash assistance is most commonly used to pay rent (84 percent of responses). The next most common expenditures are utilities (43 percent), food (33 percent) and health (26 percent).
Cash assistance empowers families to make the financial choices they feel best serve their needs and opportunities. It encourages resourcefulness and resilience. It encourages dignity, helping refugees to help themselves and not only survive, but thrive.
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