Migrant crisis: EU to unveil emergency aid plan

The EU's European Commission announced a plan for spending 700 million euros in humanitarian aid over the next 3 years. This would be the first time such funding is distributed to the UN instead of national governments. The aim is to help overburdened states, especially Greece.

"The European Union is preparing to spend hundreds of millions of euros on humanitarian aid, as Greece struggles to cope with an influx of migrants.

Under plans to be submitted on Wednesday, EU funds could be deployed within Europe in the same way they are used to help crises outside the bloc.

The UN has warned of a humanitarian disaster caused by a build-up of migrants on Greece's borders.

Thousands of asylum seekers remain trapped on the border with Macedonia.

The plan to be submitted by the EU's executive body, the European Commission, means EU aid agencies would for the first time work directly with the UN and other groups inside Europe, rather than disbursing money to individual member states.

EU officials said the aid plan would allocate 300m euros (£233m; $325m) this year to help any EU state deal with the migration crisis. In all, 700m euros would be made available over three years."

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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