Sweden to help Syria's neighbours cope with refugee flows
The Swedish government has rolled out a new 5-year aid strategy for warn-torn Syria, which also focuses on mitigating the impact of the crisis on neighboring countries.
"We see there is also a need to strengthen the societies surrounded Syria, because they are very strained because of the refugee flow," Aid and Development Minister Isabelle Lövin tells Radio Sweden.
Sweden would provide food and healthcare to Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
The aid will also support "democratic forces" in Syria. Minister Lövin says they will work with the UN and also partner with civil society organisations in Syria.
The package provides a total of SEK 1.7 billion to both people in Syria affected by the civil war there as well as other countries between 2016 and 2020. Lövin says the money will be channeled through the UN, local governments and civil society organizations.
The new total means Swedish aid to the crisis will grown by almost SEK 300 million per year.