The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme aims to help the most vulnerable of these refugee families. The scheme provides refugees with an ESSN debit card which gives them access to a fixed amount of money every month. They can use the money to buy whatever they need most for their families: food, fuel, rent, medicine and bills. Refugee families receive 120 Turkish Liras (currently about 16 euros) per family member.
The ESSN card can be used in shops, just like a normal debit card. But it is not just a cash card. It’s an acknowledgement that, despite their hardships, refugees should have the right to choose how to manage their lives.