Migration & Asylum Ministry Approves Additional Funding for Greek Island Municipalities

Migrants found on Gavdos beach

The Migration & Asylum Ministry has approved additional funding for five Greek island municipalities. Proposals submitted by municipalities in Crete and islands in the Dodecanese and the North Aegean for migrant identification and housing facilities are currently under review.

According to the ministry, Greece's Migration and Asylum Ministry's Solidarity Fund has greenlit 2.3 million euros in extra funding to support these municipalities, which play a vital role in managing the migration-refugee issue. Minister Dimitris Kairidis signed the decision on Monday.

As per their submitted proposals, the municipalities of Mytilini, East Samos, West Samos, Leros, and Gavdos will collectively receive 2,330,279.90 euros for various projects and equipment.

This funding allocation marks a significant milestone, as it includes Gavdos, the smallest municipality in Greece, located at the southernmost border of Europe. The Solidarity Fund's annual budget totals 25 million euros, with this being the first time that Gavdos has been included among the beneficiaries.

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