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US coordinating its response to Europe’s migrant crisis

September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has set up a working group to help coordinate the U.S. response to Europe’s migrant crisis.

Spokesman John Kirby says the group was set up following a request by Secretary of State John Kerry. It will also seek to ensure the U.S. is prepared for future crises elsewhere in the world.

Kirby says the U.S. is providing $26.6 million to the U.N. refugee agency to help it provide food, water and legal assistance to refugees traveling through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia.

He says the U.S. has provided more than $4 billion in humanitarian assistance to those affected by Syria’s four-year civil war.

Europe is grappling with a daily influx of thousands of people, many fleeing Syria’s war, putting strains on much of the continent.

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