The Danish government has decided to cut an additional 300 million kroner from the development aid budget for 2016, reports DR.
The aid funding will instead be spend on assisting and housing refugees streaming into Denmark, announced the foreign minister, Kristian Jensen.
“This is an urgent and extraordinary situation. We have to prioritise receiving and housing asylum-seekers in Denmark,” said Jensen.
“We will also donate more money to the neighbouring regions, where we can also help the millions of refugees escaping the conflict in Syria.”
The government has calculated housing and assisting refugees in Denmark will cost the state 1.5 billion kroner more compared to the original budget.
Denmark is also contributing some 285.4 million kroner to the special EU budget that is aimed at stabilising the refugee situation in Europe.
In total, some 4.7 billion kroner has been cut from the development aid budget since the summer.