Although human rights organisations accuse it of insufficiently protecting refugees, the 2016 agreement achieved one of its main objectives, namely to reduce the influx of irregular migrants from Turkey to Greece by 97%. The agreement allocated €6 billion from the EU to the needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey, including the education of more than 600,000 Syrian children of compulsory school age. By the end of February 2020, €4.7 billion had been allocated and €3.2 billion had been disbursed to projects managed by UN agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations and Turkish ministries. As part of the largest humanitarian aid programme ever funded by the EU, the Emergency Social Safety Net is providing cash assistance to around 1.7 million refugees. . . .