3 months ago
The Czech Ministry of Interior will send 150 million CZK in foreign aid for refugees and countries facing migration pressure.
The aid is intended for migration centers of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as for Balkan states on one of the migration routes. The funds are earmarked to reduce the number of migrants fleeing to Europe, said Interior Minister Jan Hamáček.
In 2018, the migration inflow to Europe fell to its lowest level in five years, yet we don’t underestimate the situation and try to help in areas of migrants’ origin to avoid massive immigration inflows, said Hamáček. As an example of such help, he mentioned a donation to North Macedonia to be used for reparation of a patrolling helicopter.
In recent years, Czechia has been funding countries most hit by migration via the Aid in place program. It aims to allow refugees more dignified living conditions mainly in non-European countries. The program was approved by the government in 2015 when the migration crisis was at its peak. However, according to the Ministry, the situation remains fragile, and given the instability in the European neighborhood, its recurrence in the future cannot be ruled out.
In 2019, the government wants to give 50 million to non-profits on renewal or construction of infrastructure, projects supporting sustainable livelihood, women and children protection projects and to fight illegal migration in Mali, Niger, Chad, Morocco, and Libya. An additional 10 million will be provided to Italy for different projects in North African countries.
Jordan and Lebanon are priority countries for the Czech Republic. Forty million CZK will be used there on migrants’ requalification, education and to improve their living standards.