Published on October 17th, 2018 | by Konstantina.Liontou0
Migration: the Commission stands by the International Organisation for Migration working on the ground in Greece
Yesterday, the European Commission has awarded €24.1 million in emergency assistance under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to support Greece in responding to migratory challenges. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will receive the funding to help ensure that migrant children can be immediately placed in a protective environment and receive education.
Around €22.8 million will provide for child-adequate accommodation, medical and psychological support, interpretation and cultural mediation as well as food provision for up to 1,200 unaccompanied minors on the Greek islands and on the mainland. The funding will also support education by providing transport and school kits. In addition, €1.3 million will assist migrants that are registered for assisted voluntary return and reintegration programmes.
Today’s funding decision comes on top of more than €1.6 billion of funding support awarded by the Commission since 2015 to address migration challenges in Greece. Under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), Greece has now been awarded €482.2 million in emergency funding, in addition to €561 million already awarded under these funds for the Greek national programme 2014-2020.