Germany to release billions of Euros to cope migrant crisis
Sept.7, Berlin: Germany is releasing billions of euros to help federal states and municipalities to cope with record numbers of migrants.
About 18,000 migrants arrived over the weekend after an agreement with Austria and Hungary to relax asylum rules.
Germany's announcement of extra funds came after talks between the leaders of Chancellor Merkel's coalition.
In addition to the €3bn ($3.3bn; £2.2bn) for the regions, they also agreed to speed up asylum application procedures, provide extra accommodation for newcomers, and allocate funds to pay benefits to new arrivals.
Critics in Germany have accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of creating a dangerous precedent by opening Germany's borders.
The Oslo Times