Policy Update

Sweden allocates additional funds towards Syrian crisis

In response to the ongoing Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, the Swedish Government decided to increase the allocation of Sweden’s Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis by SEK 100 million (US$1.2 billion).

The strategy covers several countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, and aims to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian population and of vulnerable groups in Syria's neighboring countries that are severely affected by the conflict. The total amount, after the recent addition, will be SEK 1.8 billion (US$211 million) between the years 2016 and 2020.

In addition, Sweden has contributed more than SEK 3.3 billion (US$386 million) in humanitarian assistance since 2011. In 2019 alone, Sweden has already allocated more than SEK 500 million (US$59 million) to the Syria crisis. Humanitarian funds are managed separately from those of the Regional Strategy for the Syria Crisis and are based on independent needs assessments.

Press release – Government Offices of Sweden (in Swedish)