Government allocates new funds to handle migrant crisis

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LaMography / Moni Lazar

The government has approved allocating additional funding of up to HUF 18.7 bln to the Interior Ministry and up to HUF 16.4 bln to the Defense Ministry to manage the migrant crisis, according to a government resolution dated September 24, and published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny on Thursday. 

Refugees wait at Budapestʼs Keleti Station for boarding planes going towards Germany. (Photo: LaMography/Moni Lazar)

The combined HUF 35 bln will come from the 2015 budget for "extraordinary government measures", and is on top of the nearly HUF 30 bln the government allocated towards the migrant crisis in two steps earlier, the resolution shows. The government allocated HUF 6.6 bln in extra funding towards the management of the crisis in July and provided a further HUF 22.2 bln in early August.

The new allocation will most likely be funded from a HUF 60 bln rise in the 2015 budget for extraordinary government measures, to HUF 160 bln, proposed by the government in a budget amendment proposed to Parliament on Thursday, and explained by the costs of the migrant crisis.

The bill said that the original HUF 100 bln budget allocation for extraordinary government measures had been all but spent, including HUF 30 bln that had already gone towards managing the migrant crisis.

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