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Gov’t group wants more money for aid to refugees

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Prague, Nov 10 (CTK) – A Czech government coordination group for migration proposed to earmark 60 million crowns to the Medevac humanitarian programme for victims of armed conflicts and send further 40 million crowns to refugee aid in the Middle East, government spokesman Martin Ayrer told CTK tonight.
The contribution to the Medevac (Medical Evacuation) programme should be used to reinforce the capacities of medical facilities in the countries of origin of the migrants streaming to Europe.
The aid should support a refugee camp in Kurdistan, a programme for protection and development of North Africa, and the asylum and migration system in Serbia, which is facing a wave of Syrian refugees.
At its meeting yesterday, the coordination group also recommended that over one million be given to the Ukrainian ministry of social policy for refugees from the eastern part of the country hit by fighting.
Ayrer said nearly 1.5 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their homes and move to different parts of the country. He said the Visegrad Group countries and Slovenia decided to provide aid to these people.
The coordination group also called on Interior Minister Milan Chovanec to set up a group that would propose priorities for assistance to refugees and countries that are under migration pressure to the government.
Last week, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said the government would sent 105 million crowns to the countries that have been hit by the migrant crisis the most this year.
According to the original plan, about one billion crowns will go to projects related to migrants next year.
($1=25.090 crowns)

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