Small EU relief for refugees in Greece

Small EU relief for refugees in Greece

Athens, December 14, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

European Union agreed on spending 88 mln euros for the housing of refugees in Greece, though Greece has spent already, in 2015, almost EUR 2 billion for them – for the rescue operations, for housing, providing food and health care, transportation, etc.

Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for Budget and Human resources, signed for a rent subsidy program due to launch next year. Under the scheme, migrants will receive hotel vouchers or they might live in available vacant apartments.

More than 750,000 migrants and refugees have crossed through Greece this year. Thousands of them (mainly migrants) are currently housed in the facilities of stadiums and athletic centres or in tents in city squares in Athens.