19 May NZ helps Turkey cope with Syrian refugees
The New Zealand government is putting up $1.3 million for a new school in southern Turkey for the children of Syrian refugees, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced.
He says that since the conflict in Syria began six years ago Turkey has taken in more than 2.75 million refugees.
“The refugee crisis is placing a major burden on Turkey and the region, and New Zealand is committed to helping address the needs of these refugees,” Mr Brownlee said on Friday.
So far, New Zealand has provided $27m in contributions to those affected by the violence in Syria and Iraq.