Disinfo: It was revealed how the migrants got UN debit cards, Soros also spent USD 500 million on them

Summary

The migrants are using unnamed UNHCR-EU debit cards in the Balkans. Migration is partly financed by the UNHCR and the EU. They receive money on the cards every month directly from the EU and NGOs, but George Soros is also financing it. This explains how illegal migrants are financing their lives while they are waiting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatian policeman said that many migrants are wearing new shoes and clothes and have expensive smartphones.

Disproof

According to Snopes, the websides conflated an existing UNHCR programme with a separate humanitarian program involving Soros and Mastercard. The UNHCR programme was launched in Moldova in 2011 and expanded in 2016, and the beneficiaries receive 30-36 Euros a month. Most beneficiaries only receive money for six months, until their asylum applications are evaluated - althogh the period can be extended for refugees and those under humanitarian protection if they are sick or unemployed. The Mastercard programme was established with the involvement of Mastercard, the Serbian Ministry of Labour and Mercy Corps to provide debit cards to refugees to meet basic needs. Families received cards with EUR 210 and individuals got EUR 70. The money could be used to help meet basic needs. Later, in January 2017 Soros and Mastercard launched a new programme providing private sector solutions to social issues. The UNCHR has been involved with a program to provide cash to refugees via debit cards to help meet immediate needs, and George Soros has been involved with a program to assist migrants in partnership with MasterCard, but Soros is not funding the distribution of MasterCard debit cards to refugees via the United Nations. bit.ly/2Oy3KpJ,

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  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
  • Keywords: European Commission, George Soros, Migration crisis
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