$1 Mln Ethereum Plans: European Union Eyes Helping Refugees with Blockchain
Ethereum is currently under consideration to help refugees as part of a $1 mln experiment by the European Union.
Details of the latest meeting of the European Parliament this week show its dedicated distributed ledger (DLT) taskforce set up earlier this year has already spent half its €850,000 ($1 mln) budget.
Dubbed the ‘Horizontal Task Force on Distributed Ledger Technology,’ a use case defined in the EU’s latest documentation relates to refugee aid in addition to DLT research.
“One specific use case that ought to be explored is the potential of DLT based solutions for the 10 management of the situation of refugees,” the amendment states.
“Many refugees, and people in refugee-like situations, are unable to prove their identity or access essential services.”
Blockchain, powered by Ethereum, could thus ease the integration process by providing new, more efficient ways of identifying undocumented persons arriving in the EU.
“[...] EU governments in partnerships with other countries and organizations (e.g. NGOs) need innovative solutions to manage increasing flows of migrants and their temporary stay in different countries,” the European Parliament continues.
“DLT applications could lend themselves to such applications on account of their distributed and resilient architecture.”
In June, the United Nations released plans to use Ethereum to distribute aid to refugees in crisis-hit Syria.
Blockchain Refugees’ Several-Year Journey To Government
Ethereum is progressing at breakneck speed with state-sponsored integrations also coming from Russia this week.
Members of the Ethereum Foundation signed a deal with government-owned bank VEB with an eye to increasing knowledge and propagation of Ethereum Blockchain solutions.
Registering refugees on the Blockchain meanwhile has been a focus of industry startups for several years. In 2015, BitNation succeeded in documenting the first such arrivals, at a time when government responses were far from set in stone.
“The refugee crisis in Europe is massive, and will last for years to come with millions of stateless people who can’t open bank accounts, or even take a job, legally,” founder Susanne Tarkowski-Tempelhof told Cointelegraph at the time.
“There’s a huge, and urgent vacuum to fill. The governments won’t do it, because they’re in a political deadlock when it comes to immigration.”