The United States announced Monday 20 million dollars in additional aid to help Greece, Turkey and Balkan nations deal with an influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
The contribution includes 17.5 million dollars for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 2 million dollars for the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent's work in Greece and 500,000 dollars for the United Nations Population Fund work with women and girls in south-eastern Europe to prevent gender-based violence, the State Department said.
The funds will go to UNHCR for emergency and life-saving assistance, the creation of reception arrangements, protection monitoring, registration and identification of new arrivals, counselling services and communication to inform potential refugees of legal ways to enter Europe.
The Red Cross funds include money for food and non-food assistance, first aid, psychosocial support, water and sanitation and family-tracing services.
The funds bring total US contributions to assist in the European refugee effort to 44 million dollars since last year.