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EU says world facing worst refugee crisis since WWII

AFP , Friday 14 Aug 2015
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European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, August 14, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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The EU said Friday that Greece will receive further emergency funding to tackle a surge in migrant arrivals as the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

"Today the world finds itself facing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War," EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a press conference.

Avramopoulos, speaking after a trip to Athens on Thursday, said Europe as a whole was struggling with a surge in migrants, with the situation in Greece "particularly urgent" as almost 50,000 people arrived there last month.

"What we must do and the (European) Commission has done it, is to organise our system in order to face this problem in a decent, civilised and European way," he added.

The UN refugee agency said the number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syrians hardest hit.

Avramopoulos said Greece will soon receive a first disbursement of 30 million euros from a total of 2.4 billion euros ($2.6 billion) of funding for EU member states to cope with the flood of migrants until 2020.

Officials said the money -- Greece will receive 474 million euros over the next six years -- will help build reception centres and integrate migrants.

The funds are also designed to help member states better monitor their borders and boost programmes to deport migrants who are refused entry.

Avramopoulos said the 30 million euros will be sent to Greece in the four to five days after a Greek management authority for the funds is formalised.

He said the Commission is fast-tracking a Greek request for 2.74 million euros in emergency funding to support UNHCR efforts to deal with newly arrived migrants on the Aegean islands.

He said that during his visit to Athens, he "asked Greece to put in a further request for emergency funding under the Asylum Fund, which they will do."

Some 124,000 refugees and migrants landed on the Greek islands during the first seven months of the year -- up 750 percent from 2014, according to UN figures.

The International Organization for Migration said Turkish efforts to stop traffickers from sending large "ghost ships" crammed with migrants towards Italy has sparked the surge in arrivals in Greece.

The Commission is committed to "redoubling our efforts to cooperate with Turkey on border management," Avramopoulos said.

"Very soon I will be visiting Turkey," he added.

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expat
14-08-2015 06:03pm
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total nonsense and most important,self inflicted desaster
first,they dream of open borders without control, then the first arrive,call back home and tell everybody in africa and arabia, how nice it is to receive money without working and last of this funny ideas, they are even to stupid to seperate the real refugees from the illegal money imigrants treaties of all kinds in the EU are openly broken meanwhile, only very few countries such as germany,sweden and austria are suffering the consequences and this undemocratic nonsense cabinet in Brussels is not stopping the turks to let everybody invade greece, no,they plan to give the greeks more money...total nonsense, time to go back to national states within the EU, close the borders and kick all illegal imigrants out, openly, in the television as a message to the rest otherwise the civil war is not far away for example in germany anymore, where millions of illegal live on social welfare of the taxpayers money
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