EU funds to help Greece cope with refugee crisis

GREECE is expected to be the main recipient of a $1billion aid package proposed by the European Union to help member countries cope with the migrant crisis.

If approved by the European Parliament, the funding will be allocated over three years.

With up to 10,000 asylum seekers stranded on Greece's border with Macedonia in cold and wet conditions, the UN has warned a humanitarian disaster is looming.

Greece has asked for more than $700 million to help it accommodate and care for the 100,000 refugees who have reached its shores.

More than one million asylum seekers have entered the EU since the start of last year.

If the plan by the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, is approved, EU aid agencies will for the first time work directly with the UN inside Europe, rather than disbursing money to member countries.

Topics:  greece refugee crisis

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