The European Union will be providing Greece with a support package amounting to some €209m to help the country deal with the ongoing refugee crisis. The announcement was made earlier today by the European Commission. EU officials stressed during a visit to Athens that the program will provide refugees with temporary accommodation in various cities in order to ease the strain on state-run facilities, the majority of which are running well beyond their designed capacities.
Greek Migration Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, emphasised the need to help refugees in the country. “The projects launched today are one part of our wider support to the country but also to those in need of our protection. Around 1.3 billion euros of EU funds are at the disposal of Greece for the management of the migration crisis,” he said.
The European Commission added that the new package more than doubles the emergency support given to Greece. The UN is also involved with the program and will provide further accommodation with the aim being to house some 30,000 refugees by the end of this year.