Austria makes available 5 million euros to help refugees on the Aegean route

Proposal to be introduced by the FMEIA at the next ministerial council meeting; call issued to other European states

Austria is to make available 5 million euros for humanitarian assistance for refugees on the Aegean route from Lebanon to Greece. With the agreement of Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner and Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner and in accordance with Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling, Foreign Minister Kurz will introduce the proposal at the next ministerial council meeting on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry announced.

In this context, the Foreign Ministry states that Austria is opposed to the policy of waving through refugees from the EU’s external border in Greece to Central Europe. At the same time, we also have a responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance, especially in the refugees’ countries of origin – but also in those countries along the EU’s external border that are particularly affected by the influx of refugees arriving on their territories .

Austria is using all formats available in Europe in order to call upon all European states and all European institutions to also provide increased assistance to the affected countries from Lebanon to the countries bordering the Aegean Sea.

This assistance is to be provided to the UNHCR and is to be used specifically for refugees travelling on the Aegean route.

 

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