Some European Countries Diverting Foreign Aid To Cope With Refugee Influx Despite Warnings From U.N. Secretary General

IRIN: How the refugee crisis is hurting foreign aid
“Faced with the arrival of record numbers of asylum seekers and shrinking levels of public sympathy, more and more European countries are using their foreign aid budgets to foot the bill of feeding and housing the newcomers. … For example Sweden, which is expecting as many as 190,000 asylum seekers this year, is considering using up to 60 percent of its foreign aid budget in 2016 to fund refugee reception. … U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that diverting development aid to care for refugees and asylum seekers is ‘counter-productive’…” (Siegfried, 11/18).