EU launches emergency refugee aid scheme for Greece

Written by on March 3, 2016

EUUN0001The European Union, faced with a growing refugee crisis in Greece, has launched a new aid programme worth an initial seven hundred million euros that mirrors the kind of disaster relief it offers developing nations.

European states have tightened border controls following the arrival of more than a million migrants by sea last year and the Athens government has appealed for help to house and care for tens of thousands still arriving and now stranded in Greece.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the new plan had been prompted by fears of a huge humanitarian crisis in Greece.

The Commission’s proposal, if approved, will channel three hundred million euros this year from its one hundred and fifty-five billion euro annual budget to the new emergency assistance scheme and two hundred million euros both next year and in 2018.

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