The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) -- which is part of the EU financial framework for 2021-2027 -- will amount to 9.882 billion euros in current prices. The announcement came after a deal was reached by the European Parliament and the European Council.
The European Parliament and European Council reached an agreement over the budgetary priorities of EU asylum, migration and integration policies over the next seven years.
The renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), part of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, will amount to 9.882 billion euros in current prices.
The co-legislators agreed that the new AMIF should contribute to strengthening the common asylum policy, develop legal migration in line with the member states' economic and social needs, support third-country nationals to effectively integrate and be socially included, and contribute to the fight against irregular migration.
Objectives of the fund
Other objectives, according to the co-legislators, include ensuring that those without a right to stay in the EU are returned and readmitted in an effective, safe and dignified way.
The fund will reportedly also support those people to begin reintegrating in non-EU countries to which they have been returned.
The EU Parliament requested that the funds should also aim at enhancing solidarity and responsibility-sharing between the member states -- especially towards those most affected by migration and asylum challenges.
Allocation of funds
Most of the funds (63.5%) should be allocated to programmes that are jointly managed by the EU and the member states. The entitlements will vary depending, among other factors, on the number of third-country nationals residing in the country, the asylum claims received, the return decisions taken and the effective returns carried out.
The remaining 36.5% will be directly managed by the EU and dedicated in particular to emergency assistance, resettlement and humanitarian admission from non-EU countries and to relocate asylum-seekers and refugees to other EU member states, "as part of solidarity efforts".