Migrants in Greece to be handed cash in envelopes to “maintain their dignity”

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Via Daily Mail: Migrants in Greece are set to be handed envelopes of cash under a £550million EU disaster fund announced yesterday.

Brussels officials said despite the obvious dangers of giving taxpayers’ money directly to those in refugee camps to spend as they wish it would help them ‘maintain their dignity’.

The EU aid plan – the first of its kind to provide humanitarian relief inside the continent – will be used to help charities provide essentials such as medicines, blankets and food.

But Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner in charge of humanitarian aid, said he believed migrants should also have the option of buying things themselves rather than being forced to queue up for aid drop-offs.

His suggestion comes despite internal European Commission documents warning about ‘corruption and security risks’ when providing humanitarian assistance in cash.

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Tory MEP David Campbell-Bannerman last night said: ‘There is a danger that by handing over cash rather than basic essentials, British taxpayers’ money could end up in the hands of the human traffickers smuggling people through Europe. This is no way to ensure our security in Britain.’ People smugglers are currently offering for 1,000 euros to help migrants make the 375 mile trip from the Greek border with Macedonia to Belgrade in Serbia, where they can pay an extra 1,000 to 3,000 euros to get to Vienna.

The European Commission yesterday launched the 700million euro (£550million) humanitarian disaster relief fund that will be paid for using existing resources in the EU budget. When EU countries are overwhelmed by major crises – such as the current migrant crisis – the money will be spent through charities and aid organizations such as the Red Cross.

Groups working in Greece, where tens of thousands of migrants are currently stranded, are expected to be the first to be allocated funds from the new pot.

Mr. Stylianides said there were different ways the Commission could ‘help refugees on the ground to make sure they can survive and have the best possible living conditions’ including through giving cash or vouchers. He said: ‘I believe that in Greece, given that it is a European country that has a certain degree of a good functioning of the banking sector, we could apply the cash and voucher procedure.

It is my own personal view that the cash and voucher procedure will prove particularly helpful in this case and it is an important option being given as it ensures dignity for refugees, while helping local communities because they will be selling their own goods and services.’

Commission documents suggested the money could be distributed through cash in envelopes, mobile phone transfers or bank account deposits.’

An EU official admitted the failure of the Commission to handle the crisis meant it was having to set up the type of fund usually reserved for easing humanitarian crises in places such as Africa. ‘For the first time in its history the EU is struggling to deal with wide-ranging humanitarian needs within its borders,’ he said.

‘The Commission wants to learn the lessons from this crisis and prepare for the next one. We should not be caught off guard again whether we have a different or similar crisis that triggers humanitarian needs.’

European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker last night said he was ‘not only concerned but really worried’ about the situation in Greece where around 30,000 people have been stranded after neighboring countries introduced border restrictions to preventing them from continuing to other parts of Europe.

Greek authorities have asked for around 480 million euros from Brussels to help shelter 100,000 migrants. At least 11,000 people are camped on the border with Macedonia at Idomeni where numbers are quickly building as only a few hundred are being allowed through each day.

Read the whole story here.

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15 responses to “Migrants in Greece to be handed cash in envelopes to “maintain their dignity”

  1. With the state of the Greek economy in the shambles that it is, I wouldn’t be at all surprised that these vermin get robbed and murdered, “killing two birds with one stone”.
    What a brilliant idea, EU!

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  2. yeah, i thought greece was broke. where is the money coming from?

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  3. The gross logistical failure of the operation is a clear sign of the incompetence of those implementing it or their indifference.

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  4. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    And you were taught that man’s intelligence surpassed that of all other living creatures!

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  5. If these “migrants” would only abandon their “religion” of “peace,” they could find a dignity they have never known before. But Greece, broke as it is, hands out cash. “Seems legit”!

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  6. How can a person maintain their dignity , when they have been spotted , raping goats

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    • japoa . . . you are so correct! Under the circumstances, why would anyone, other than a nit-wit be concerned about trying to maintain the dignity of the advancing hoards of Muslims. Look at the crimes that they are willing to perpetrate against their host countries. This is just down right dumbfounding!

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  7. So, a couple of observations: If that photo is representative—why do we keep seeing that ONLY young, healthy, males EVER “escape?” Where are the women and children? Shouldn’t THEY have gotten “out” first?????? (Men left “behind” to defend the back door as these women and children could safely flee FIRST????) Secondly—at first I thought like some of you—-how can Greece be doling out cash to them when Greece is dead broke and rioting for “wages” to be pulled out of thin air? But on second notice—it was the EU—the European Union—doling out the cash…which means….anyone and everyone who lives in this allied economic state of the Euro…is giving their tax dollars to these migrants in an envelope “to spend as they see fit.” This also might mean…in a complicated way (IF you follow money trails) that our US dollars might be going there——consider that, if any country in the EU receives US Aid dollars for defense, past treaties or deals on the balance of trade….or for dealing with refugees, or any number of things that our gooberment throws cash at internationally——-it means the EU has “freed up”” cash from their own “budgets” to pass along to these “reffugees.”

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    • euro has been funded by USD at onset of euro currency; yes USA taxpayer is supporter of EU stupidity.

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    • Everyone in need, go to the City of London, belly up to an ATM, then ask for any amount of money (in €s or £s) you want. When they run out, proceed to Frau Teufele Merkel’s abode and repeat the request. If that fails, head for Basel, Switzerland, during the next BIS meeting and ask them to punch your TS card.

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  8. And the EU is doing this because they have been making such brilliant decisions so far?
    There is videos of the Somalis screaming they want money money. This should only increase the influx.
    And I don’t give to the Red Cross, they only want cash and look what they do with it. They won’t even take water. They want control of where the money goes.

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    • I know I’m late with this reply to your post, Glenn….but AGREE….I have NOT given to the Red Cross for years. When the hurricane “Katrina” hit New Orleans….I stayed up all night online reserching where my volunteer dollars would be best spent. I sent my $100 to the University of Louisiana Veterinary Science Dept. with a caveat that it be spent to rescue abandoned horses. 100% of my money went to that cause.( Instead of 10% if I’d have donated it to the Red Cross). I awoke my other family members in the morning with my findings…and INSISTED that they match my contribution (3 other family members living at home at that time). Another family member matched my contribution to the same fund, with no specifications ….so it could go to dogs, cats, whatever. Two other matching contributions from my family went to the Salvation Army—who were ON THE SCENE in the Katrina-ravaged regions the very NEXT morning—before the US Government OR any other “agency”…with food, clothing, washing machines, referral to other helping agencies…….My family will never forget the people who stepped up and who recieved our dollars, making the most of every cent for those for whom we intended it….instead of taking 90% for “administration.”

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  10. it is the same with the monkey welfare trash in amafryka, to maintain dignity. when doe it become clear that color is usually the inferior with need for supplied dignity. all men are not created equal, nor are all men equal. assisting with dignity supplements does not disguise/hide inferiority; exploiting the inferior for what they are gives them cause to improve themselves; otherwise the only result is a new class of animal, the professional worthless, and all along the government employees had monopolized this position.

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