More EU aid to Greece to help cope with migrants

More EU aid to Greece to help cope with migrants
By Seamus Kearney
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More than 200 million euros has been given to Greece to help it cope with the influx of tens of thousands of migrants and refugees

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More than 200 million euros has been given to Greece to help it cope with the influx of tens of thousands of migrants and refugees.

The assistance comes from the European Commission, with senior officials on a visit to Athens.

The EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, said the payment means that more than 400 million euros has now been allocated to Greece.

A large part of the latest funding will go towards helping refugee families rent accommodation and to pay for the expense of moving out of refugee camps.

The EU Migration Commissioner, Dimitrios Avramopoulos, told the meeting in Athens that the humanitarian dimension of the crisis puts Greece on the front line in terms of needing support.

The Greek Minister in charge of migration, Ioannis Mouzalas, said: “We keep on shutting down camps as long as we are able to find apartments.

“During the last 4-5 months, since we started implementing the programme, we shut down six camps. I believe that by the end of August, one more camp will shut down and we will keep on closing the camps.”

Euronews correspondent in Athens Theodora Iliadi said the funding initiative, called the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation Programme, aims to support more than 1.5 million refugees by the end of the year.

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