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Czechs to send 20 million to Bulgaria, 10 million to Jordan

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Prague, Nov 28 (CTK) – The Czech Republic will send 20 million crowns to Bulgaria to help it protect its border and the government also approved a gift of ten million crowns to Jordan to cope with the migrant wave from Syria on Monday, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has told CTK.

In Bulgaria, the Czech money is to cover the costs of the purchase of equipment and cars for the border police and to build a police station near the border with Serbia.

A part of the money is to sponsor the reconstruction of the hotspot in Harmanli.

The Czech Republic has sent money to other countries situated along the Balkan route to help them tackle the migrant crisis.
This year, Macedonia received 20 million, Greece five million and another 2.5 million crowns went to reception and transit centres along the Balkan migrant route. Another 20 million have been prepared for Serbia.

Jordan will use the Czech money for tackling the migrant wave from Syria and integration of the Syrians staying in Jordan in the long run.

The Czech Republic also regularly sends financial gifts to the Middle East countries.

This year, 40 million crowns have been provided for the reconstruction of the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Iraq received 20 million crowns for the development of the Kawergosk refugee camp and Turkey gained five million.

The money to Balkan and Middle East countries is sent within the aid programme for refugees and countries under a strong migrant pressure.

The government approved the programme last year.

This year 150 million crowns have been set aside for this purpose, 92.5 million of which have already been sent.

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