Europe

EU to provide humanitarian funding for refugees in Greece

  • Afghan migrants walk towards the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Afghan migrants walk towards the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clothes dry infront of a barbed-wire fence that lines a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Clothes dry infront of a barbed-wire fence that lines a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Children peer out from train carriage windows near a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Children peer out from train carriage windows near a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been waiting at this border point for over a month hoping it would reopen. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

The European Commission says it will be providing 700 million euros in emergency humanitarian funding for Greece until 2018 to help it deal with the massive refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of people stranded in the country — the first time such funding has been used to help a European Union member.

The funding, announced Tuesday, will be given to aid organizations that will work with the Greek government in providing assistance such as food, shelter, medical and educational services for refugees.

Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said he was in Athens signing agreements allocating the first 83 million euros to eight aid organizations, including UNHCR, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and the international Red Cross.