The Austrian parliament on Tuesday approved a further two million euros (2.2 million U.S. dollars) in funding for refugee aid in the Middle East.
Foreign affairs minister Sebastian Kurz stated in a press release that the funding, which will primarily go toward helping Syrian refugees, is the most effective aid for such displaced persons.
In addition, Austria’s contribution serves as “an important contribution to curbing migration flows,” he said.
The funding is to come from the foreign disaster fund and will go toward aid projects from Austrian NGOs, primarily to help Syrian refugees located in Lebanon and Jordan.
Kurz said Austria’s total refugee aid funding in the Middle East since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, as well as the worsening situation in Iraq, now stands at about 75 million euros, or 84 million dollars. Enditem