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Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)

Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)

This regulation establishes the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. This fund aims to contribute to the efficient management of migration flows and improve the implementation and development of the EU’s common policy on immigration and asylum.

ACT

Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of 16 April 2014 establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, amending Council Decision 2008/381/EC and repealing Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision 2007/435/EC.

SUMMARY

The EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) has four main objectives:

  • strengthening and developing all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension;
  • supporting legal migration to the Member States in accordance with their economic and social needs, such as labour market needs, and promoting the effective integration of nationals from non-EU countries;
  • enhancing return strategies in the Member States with an emphasis on the sustainability of return and effective readmission in the countries of origin;
  • enhancing solidarity and responsibility sharing between the Member States, in particular towards those most affected by migration and asylum flows.

All EU countries (except Denmark, which is not participating in this fund) prepare national programmes outlining the actions through which they intend to achieve the objectives set out in the AMIF regulation.

Examples of actions include measures to support:

  • reception and asylum systems (such as improved administrative structures, training of staff dealing with asylum procedures, developing alternatives to detention, etc.);
  • integration measures with a focus on the local level (such as provision of training and services to non-EU nationals, sharing best practices among EU countries, etc.);
  • voluntary return programmes, reintegration measures, etc.

While most of the fund’s budget is allocated to the national programmes, part is used for EU-level actions (so-called Union actions), emergency assistance, the European Migration Network and technical assistance at the initiative of the European Commission.

Specific actions

In addition to their national programme allocation, Member States may receive an additional amount for the implementation of specific actions. These actions (listed in Annex II), require Member States to cooperate with each other and generate significant added value for the EU.

Union resettlement programme

Each Member State may also receive, every 2 years, an additional amount based on a lump sum of €6,000 for each resettled person, which will be increased to €10,000 for common priorities (such as regional protection programmes) and vulnerable groups of persons.

Budget

The financial envelope for the implementation of the fund for 2014-20 is set at €3.137 billion at current prices.

Details regarding the implementation of the fund are to be found in Regulation (EU) No 514/2014.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No 516/2014

21.5.2014

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OJ L 150 of 20.5.2014

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 laying down general provisions on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and on the instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management (Official Journal L 150 of 20 May 2014).

last update 03.08.2014

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