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EU increases aid to migrants in Greece ahead of winter

  • A Syrian woman cooks on a makeshift fire at Ritsona refugee camp, north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The refugee crisis is expected to be a central issue in discussions Friday at a meeting in Athens of leaders from Mediterranean countries in the European Union. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A Syrian woman cooks on a makeshift fire at Ritsona refugee camp, north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The refugee crisis is expected to be a central issue in discussions Friday at a meeting in Athens of leaders from Mediterranean countries in the European Union. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian man hammers a nail on woods as he prepares his family tent for winter at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The refugee crisis is expected to be a central issue in discussions Friday at a meeting in Athens of leaders from Mediterranean countries in the European Union. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A Syrian man hammers a nail on woods as he prepares his family tent for winter at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The refugee crisis is expected to be a central issue in discussions Friday at a meeting in Athens of leaders from Mediterranean countries in the European Union. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of the communist-affiliated union PAME shout slogans during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted leaders of Europe's Mediterranean countries Friday for a summit where the migration issue and the debt crisis were high on the agenda. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

    Supporters of the communist-affiliated union PAME shout slogans during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted leaders of Europe's Mediterranean countries Friday for a summit where the migration issue and the debt crisis were high on the agenda. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union says it will add 115 million euros ($129 million) in funding to humanitarian organizations in Greece to assist programs for refugees and migrants ahead of the winter.

Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said Saturday the money would be used to support refugee schooling, food stamps, heating and living facilities for unaccompanied minors.

He spoke in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki after meeting Greek government officials.

Some 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Greece due to European border closures.

The money was pledged a day after U.S.-based Human Rights Watch strongly criticized the government for continuing to use police cells to house unaccompanied migrant children.