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The EU announced on Monday that it has approved EUR 2.4 billion of funding to help member-states over the next few years cope with the flood of migrants entering the bloc.
EU approves funding for migrant crisis, Lithuania to get EUR 17.2m
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Officials said the money will help member-states build reception centres, integrate migrants, better monitor the borders, and boost programs to deport migrants who are refused entry.

The European Commission said Italy will receive EUR 558 million and Greece EUR 478 million in funds allocated from 2014 to 2020.

Spain will receive EUR 521.8 million, Sweden - EUR 154 million, Hungary - EUR 61.4 million, Bulgaria - EUR 72.7 million, Cyprus - EUR 74 million, Austria - EUR 26.5 million, Estonia - EUR 35.2 million, Finland - EUR 52.9 million, and Ireland - EUR 9.2 million.

Lithuania was allocated EUR 17.2 million, Luxembourg - EUR 7.5 million, Malta - EUR 74.6 million, Poland - EUR 69.3 million, Portugal - EUR 38.6 million, Romania - EUR 98.4 million, Slovakia - EUR 13 million, and Slovenia - EUR 41 million.

EU officials told AFP that Greece will "soon" receive a first instalment of EUR 33 million after it set up an authority to manage the funds.

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