Turkey ranks second in the world for humanitarian aid


Turkey was the second most generous country in terms of providing humanitarian aid last year, ranking just below the U.S., the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017 stated.

Turkey spent $6 billion on humanitarian aid in 2016, compared to $6.3 billion from the U.S.

The report noted that Turkey came in first in terms of aid as a percentage of gross national product in 2015, with 0.75 percent going toward humanitarian aid.

Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates trailed behind Turkey with 0.15 percent and 0.18 percent respectively.

Published every year by the UK-based Development Initiatives organization, the report revealed that Turkey was followed by the U.K., EU bodies and Germany.

Turkey increased its humanitarian aid budget from $3.2 billion in 2014 to reach $6 billion the following year.

From 2013 to 2016, Turkey maintained third or second place in the list of the world’s most generous countries.

The total amount of aid given internationally rose from $25.7 billion in 2015 to $27.3 billion in 2016, with Turkey’s aid making up around one-fifth of the total in 2016.

The majority of world aid in recent years has gone to Syria, followed by Yemen, Jordan, South Sudan and Iraq.

Turkey, currently hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees of any country, has spent around $25 billion to provide for those who have fled within its borders, while the international community contributed $526 million to that amount.

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