Greece Gets €20M to Deal with Migration Problems on Greek Islands



A boy arrives on Lesvos, Greece (file photo)

The European Commission on Monday gave over €45 million ($52 million) to Greece and Spain to deal with migration issues.

Monday’s sums come shortly after Greece also struck a bilateral deal with Germany last week on taking back some migrants.

That bilateral deal will see Athens readmit asylum seekers identified by the German authorities at their border. Germany will “gradually accept and conclude the family reunification cases in Greece and Spain with a view to guaranteeing family unity”.

Twenty-million euros has been allocated to the UNHCR to specifically deal with conditions on the island of Lesvos, which has seen significant problems in trying to cope with a large number of refugees and migrants.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship said, “While the EU-Turkey Statement has greatly contributed to lowering the number of arrivals in Greece, the country is still facing significant migratory pressure, in particular on the islands”.