Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014-2020)

This Fund focuses on people flows and the integrated management of migration. It supports actions addressing all aspects of migration, including asylum, legal migration, integration and the return of irregularly staying non-EU nationals.

A budget of €3.1 billion is available of which 88% will be used for national programmes of Member States, and 12% will be centrally managed.

The indicative amount to be allocated to the UK is a total of €358,190,975.

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Before You Start

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) is administered by DG Migration and Home Affairs. It replaces and extends the actions previously covered by the following three programmes:

  • European Refugee Fund
  • European Fund for the Integration of third-country nations
  • European Return Fund

The aim of the Fund is to contribute to an effective management of migration flows in the EU as part of the area of freedom, security and justice, in accordance with the common policy on asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection and the common immigration policy.

The Fund will contribute to the achievement of four specific objectives:

  1. Asylum: strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System by ensuring that EU legislation is efficiently and uniformly applied.
  2. Legal migration and integration: supporting legal migration to EU States in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals.
  3. Return: enhancing fair and effective return strategies, which contribute to combating irregular migration, with an emphasis on sustainability of return and effective readmission in the countries of origin and transit.
  4. Solidarity: making sure that EU States which are most affected by migration and asylum flows can count on solidarity from other EU States.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Public authorities, non-governmental organisations, humanitarian organisations, private and public law companies and education and research organisations are eligible to apply.

Match Funding

Match funding is required.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for actions targeting one or more of the categories of eligible persons in three main areas of action:

  1. Common European Asylum System
  2. Integration of third-country nationals and legal migration
  3. Return

Actions can include a wide range of initiatives, such as the improvement of accommodation and reception services for refugees, information measures and campaigns in non-EU countries, education and language training for non-EU nationals, assistance to vulnerable persons, information exchange and cooperation between EU States and training for staff.

Eligible persons

Actions may target any third-country national (or stateless person where applicable) and their family who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Having the status defined by the Geneva Convention and who is permitted to reside as a refugee in one of the Member States, or has applied for this protection.
  • Enjoying a form of subsidiary protection within the meaning of Directive 2004/83/EC, or has applied for this protection.
  • Enjoying temporary protection within the meaning of Directive 2001/55/EC.
  • Who is being or has been resettled in a Member State.
  • Who is residing legally in a Member State or who is in the process of acquiring legal residence in a Member State.
  • Who is on the territory of a third country, intends to migrate to the EU and complies with specific pre-departure measures and/or conditions set out in national law, including those relating to the ability to integrate in the society of a Member State.
  • Who has not yet received a final negative decision in relation to their request to stay, legal residence and/or international protection in a Member State and who may choose to make use of voluntary return, provided they have not acquired a new nationality and have not left the territory of that Member State.
  • Enjoying the right to stay, legal residence or a form of international protection within the meaning of Directive 2004/83/EC or temporary protection within the meaning of Directive 2001/55/EC in a Member State, and who has chosen to make use of voluntary return, provided they have not acquired a new nationality and have not left the territory of that Member State.
  • Who does not, or no longer fulfils, the conditions for entry and/or stay in a Member State.

COMMON EUROPEAN ASYLUM SYSTEM

Reception and Asylum Systems

Actions should target eligible persons and relate, in particular, to one or more of the following:

  • Provision of material aid, education, training, support services, health and psychological care.
  • Provision of social assistance, information or help with administrative and/or judicial formalities and information or counselling on the possible outcomes of the asylum procedure, including on aspects such as voluntary return.
  • Provision of legal aid and language assistance.
  • Specific assistance for vulnerable persons such as minors, unaccompanied minors, disabled persons, elderly people, pregnant women, single parents with minor children, victims of trafficking, persons with serious physical illnesses, mental illnesses or post-traumatic disorders, and persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence.
  • Information for local communities as well as training for the staff of local authorities, who will be interacting with those being received.
  • Provision of integrative actions (see below).

Resettlement and relocation

The following actions will be supported:

  • Establishment and development of national resettlement and relocation programmes.
  • Establishment of appropriate infrastructure and services to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of resettlement and relocation actions.
  • Setting up of structures, systems and training of staff to conduct missions to the third countries and/or other Member States, to carry out interviews, medical and security screening.
  • Assessment of potential resettlement and/or relocation cases by the competent Member States' authorities, such as conducting missions to the third country and/or other Member State, interviews, medical and security screening.
  • Pre-departure health assessment and medical treatment, pre-departure material provisions, pre-departure information measures and travel arrangements, including the provision of medical escort services.
  • Information and assistance upon arrival, including interpretation services.
  • Strengthening of infrastructure and services in the countries designated for the implementation of Regional Protection Programmes.

Member States' capacity to develop, monitor and evaluate policies

The following actions are eligible:

  • Actions enhancing the capacity of Member States to collect, analyse and disseminate data and statistics on asylum procedures, reception capacities, resettlement and relocation actions.
  • Actions directly contributing to the evaluation of asylum policies, such as national impact assessments, surveys amongst target groups, the development of indicators and benchmarking.

INTEGRATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS AND LEGAL MIGRATION

Integration measures at local and regional level

Actions should take place within the framework of consistent strategies implemented by non-governmental organisations and local/regional authorities, and be specifically designed for integration at local/regional level of eligible persons. Eligible actions include the following:

  • Setting up and developing such integration strategies, including needs analysis, the improvement of indicators and evaluation.
  • Advice and assistance in areas such as housing, means of subsistence, administrative and legal guidance, medical, psychological and social care, child care.
  • Actions introducing third-country nationals to the receiving society and actions enabling them to adapt to it, to inform them on their rights and obligations, to participate in civil and cultural life and to share the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
  • Measures focusing on education, including language training and preliminary actions to facilitate access to the labour market.
  • Actions designed to promote self-empowerment and to enable third-country nationals to provide for themselves.
  • Actions that promote meaningful contact and constructive dialogue between third country nationals and the receiving society and actions to increase acceptance by the receiving society, including through the involvement of the media.
  • Actions promoting both equality of access and equality of outcomes in relation to third-country nationals' dealings with public and private services, including adaptation of these services to dealing with third-country nationals.
  • Capacity building of implementing organisations, including exchange of experience and good practices, and networking.

Immigration and pre-departure measures

The following actions, taking place in the country of origin, will be eligible:

  • Information packages and awareness-raising campaigns, including via user friendly communication and information technology and websites.
  • Assessment of skills and qualifications and enhancement of transparency and equivalence of skills and qualifications in the countries of origin.
  • Vocational training.
  • Comprehensive civic orientation courses and language tuition.

Capacity building measures

Eligible actions include the following:

  • Building up strategies promoting legal migration with a view to facilitating the development and implementation of flexible admission procedures by supporting cooperation between recruitment agencies and employment services from Member States and third countries, as well as supporting Member States in their implementation of EU migration law, consultation processes with relevant stakeholders and expert advice or information exchanges on approaches which target specific nationalities or categories of third-country nationals with respect to needs of the labour markets.
  • Reinforcing the capacity of Member States to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their immigration strategies, policies and measures across the different levels and departments of administrations, in particular enhancement of their capacity to collect, analyse and disseminate data and statistics on migration procedures and flows, residence permits and development of monitoring tools, evaluation schemes, indicators and benchmarking for measuring achievements of these strategies.
  • Furthering intercultural capacities of implementing organisations providing public and private services, including educational institutions, promoting the exchange of experience and good practices, cooperation and networking.
  • Building sustainable organisational structures for integration and diversity management, in particular through cooperation between different stakeholders enabling officials at various levels of national administrations to swiftly gain information about experiences and best practices elsewhere and, where possible, to pool resources.
  • Contributing to a dynamic two-way process of mutual interaction, underlying integration strategies at local and regional level by developing platforms for consultation of third-country nationals, exchange of information between stakeholders and intercultural and religious dialogue platforms between third country nationals' communities and/or between these communities and the receiving society and/or between those communities and policy and decision-making authorities.

RETURN

Measures accompanying return procedures

Eligible actions include one or more of the following:

  • Establishment and improvement of accommodation infrastructure or services and reception or detention conditions.
  • Setting up of administrative structures, systems and training of staff to ensure smooth return procedures.
  • Provision of material aid, health and psychological care.
  • Provision of social assistance, information or help with administrative and/or judicial formalities and information or counselling.
  • Provision of legal aid and language assistance.
  • Specific assistance for vulnerable persons such as minors, unaccompanied minors, disabled persons, elderly people, pregnant women, single parents with minor children, victims of trafficking, and persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence.

Return measures

Eligible actions are those relating, in particular, to one or more of the following:

  • Co-operation with consular authorities and immigration services of third countries with a view to obtaining travel documents, facilitating repatriation and ensuring readmission.
  • Assisted voluntary return measures, including medical examinations and assistance, travel arrangements, financial contributions, pre- and post-return counselling and assistance.
  • Measures to launch the progress of reintegration for the returnee's personal development, such as cash-incentives, training, placement and employment assistance and start-up support for economic activities.
  • Facilities and services in third countries ensuring appropriate temporary accommodation and reception upon arrival.
  • Specific assistance for vulnerable persons such as minors, unaccompanied minors, disabled persons, elderly people, pregnant women, single parents with minor children, victims of trafficking, and persons who have been subjected to torture, rape or other serious forms of psychological, physical or sexual violence.

Practical co-operation and capacity building measures

Eligible actions are as follows:

  • Actions to promote and reinforce the operational cooperation between the return services of Member States, including as regards co-operation with consular authorities and immigration services of third countries.
  • Actions to support cooperation between return services from Member States and third-countries, including measures aiming at strengthening third countries' capacities to conduct such readmission and reintegration activities in the framework of readmission agreements.
  • Actions enhancing the capacity to develop effective and sustainable return policies, in particular by exchanging information on the situation in countries of return, best practices, sharing experience and pooling resources between Member States.
  • Actions enhancing the capacity to collect, analyse and disseminate data and statistics on return procedures and measures, reception and detention capacities, enforced and voluntary returns, monitoring and reintegration.
  • Actions directly contributing to the evaluation of return policies, such as national impact assessments, surveys amongst target groups, the development of indicators and benchmarking.

How To Apply

Applications are made in response to Calls for Proposals.

Applications are made using an Application Form and the PRIAMOS electronic submission system.

Organisations not already registered in PRIAMOS will need to register in order to download the application forms. Only one registration is required per organisation, and this can be used for multiple applications. The registration process is carried out manually, usually within two working days - however, it is recommended that organisations register well in advance of the Call deadline.