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Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1107)
The European Social Fund (ESF) does not intend to provide additional financial support to Germany in the near future amid the ongoing refugee crisis, Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility, said Sunday.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Thyssen, the European Union has already allocated to Germany €7.5 billion (some $8.2 billion) for 2014-2021.
"We cannot transfer more money to Germany to the detriment of other countries, which are less affected by the refugee situation," she said as quoted by Deutsche Welle broadcaster.
However, she noted that the revision of the funding programs scheduled for 2017 could allow Germany to "get a little more" resources.
Germany has become a key destination for hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa since the start of 2015. The country’s interior ministry estimates that Germany received around 1.1 million migrants last year alone.