US provides $24 million in refugee aid for Europe

    US provides $24 million in refugee aid for Europe

    Dec 4, Athens: The United States is providing $24 million in new money to help refugees as the European winter approaches.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement as he visited Athens on Friday. The aid will go to the U.N. refugee agency for food, water and shelter. It will also help authorities screen and process refugees as they arrive in Europe, media reports said.

    Greece has been overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of Syrians and other refugees who have reached the country's shores this year.

    The U.S. has provided $4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011.

    More than 50,000 people have arrived in Greece seeking sanctuary or jobs in Europe in the last month, and EU partners are pressing Athens to control the influx.

    The Oslo Times


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