Greece to get mi­grant-in­flux aid money

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

ATHENS, Greece — The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day an­nounced a new emer­gency sup­port pack­age for Greece to help it deal with the in­flux of tens of thou­sands of mi­grants and refugees.

The roughly $244 mil­lion pack­age in­cludes an about $176 mil­lion pro­gram to help those fam­i­lies rent ac­com­mo­da­tions in Greek cities and pro­vide them with money to help them move out of refugee camps, EU of­fi­cials said dur­ing a visit to Athens.

The com­mis­sion said the new fund­ing more than dou­bles the emer­gency sup­port ex­tended to Greece for the refugee cri­sis, rais­ing it to a to­tal of about $468 mil­lion. The rental project is in co­op­er­a­tion with the U.N. High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees and will pro­vide 22,000 rental places with the goal of in­creas­ing the num­ber of refugees liv­ing in rented apart­ments to 30,000 by the end of the year, in­clud­ing 2,000 places on Greek is­lands.

A par­al­lel plan at a cost of about $67.3 mil­lion will pro­vide refugees and asy­lum seek­ers with monthly cash stipends dis­trib­uted through cash-cards for ex­penses such as trans­port, food and med­i­ca­tion.

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