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Investing in an open and secure Europe: €1.8 billion to fund Asylum, Migration, Integration and Security

Brussels, 25 March 2015

Investing in an open and secure Europe: €1.8 billion to fund Asylum, Migration, Integration and Security

Today the European Commission has approved 22 new multiannual national programmes under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) for the period 2014-2020, worth together approximately €1.8 billion. An additional 36 national programmes will be approved later this year. These two strands of EU funding support Member States' efforts in the fields of asylum, migration and integration, and internal security.

Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "Migration is one of the ten priorities of this Commission. Making migration policy work in all its aspects is essential to the overall success of our societies. We want people to thrive and we want people to be safe. But Member States cannot do this alone. That is why the European Commission has consistently given tangible support to the Member States and will continue to do so."

The AMIF funding supports national efforts to: enhance reception capacities, improve the quality of asylum procedures in line with the Union standards, integrate migrants at local and regional levels and increase the sustainability of return programmes. The ISF programme supports national efforts to improve Member States' border management (in particular through the use of interoperable modern technologies), improve cross-border law enforcement cooperation and strengthen Member States' capacity to effectively manage security-related risks such as terrorism and violent radicalisation, drug trafficking, cybercrime and cyber security, trafficking in human beings, and other forms of organised crime.

In addition to the basic allocation (see Annex 2), most of the programmes approved by the Commission today benefit from additional amounts made available to some Member States who volunteered for the implementation of specific actions with a strong transnational dimension such as joint return and reintegration projects under the AMIF or the setting up of consular cooperation under the ISF. Additional funding under some of the ISF programmes will also be invested in the purchase of large scale equipment, which will be put at the disposal of Frontex joint operations whenever needed. Almost €100 million channelled through the AMIF programmes will be used to support the Union Resettlement Programme in the period 2014-2015.

The Commission is working towards the swift approval of the remaining national programmes. With a total budget of almost €7 billion for the period 2014-20 for AMIF and ISF, these Funds are the principal EU financial instruments for investing in an open and secure Europe.

Background

EU efforts in the field of Migration and Home Affairs are supported by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Internal Security Fund.

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fundcontributes to the efficient management of migration flows and the development of a common approach to asylum and migration.

The Internal Security Fund (consisting of the Borders and Visa and the Police cooperation and crisis management instrument) helps ensure a high level of security and crime prevention in the Union, while at the same time enabling legitimate travel and ensuring solid management of the Union's external borders.

85% of the Funds are channelled through the national programmes: multiannual, strategic documents covering the 2014-20 period. These programmes are prepared, implemented, monitored and evaluated by the responsible authorities in the Member States, in partnership with the relevant stakeholders in the field, including civil society, and approved by the Commission.

The remainder (around 15% of all the resources) are managed by the Commission for which work programmes are adopted under the three financial instruments. It is through these Commission work programmes that Union Actions and emergency assistance to Member States are funded (See Annex 1 and the Work Programmes themselves here: AMIF 2014, ISF-B 2014, ISF-P 2014).

22 national programmes have now been approved by the Commission (under shared management), 17 AMIF programmes (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom) and five ISF programmes (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, France). An additional 36 national programmes will be approved later in 2015.

For more information

Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs Website

Website of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

Website of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos

Infographic - Home Affairs Funds


 

Annex 1: The AMIF and ISF Funds explained

   


Annex 2: Financial allocations per Member State

Member State

Basic allocations

Specific Actions

Resettlement

TOTAL

AMIF

ISF Borders

ISF Police

Austria (AMIF)

64,533,977

 

 

 

6,000,000

70,533,977

Belgium (AMIF)

89,250,977

 

 

5,013,765.12

4,000,000

98,264,742.12

Belgium (ISF)

 

17,519,321

17,903,270

3,798,000

 

39,220,591

Bulgaria (AMIF)

10,006,777

 

 

 

 

10,006,777

Czech Republic (AMIF)

26,185,177

 

 

 

1,500,000

27,685,177

Czech Republic (ISF)

 

14,381,484

17,029,012

774,000

 

32,184,496

Germany (AMIF)

208,416,877

 

 

 

13,000,000

221,418,877

Germany (ISF)

 

51,753,437

79,504,401

3,195,000

 

134,452,838

Denmark (ISF)


10,322,133


 

 

10,322,133

Estonia (AMIF)

10,156,577

 

 

 

 

10,156,577

Finland (AMIF)

23,488,777

 

 

 

20,650,000

44,138,777

France (AMIF)

265,565,577

 

 

2,295,000

18,730,000

286,590,577

France (ISF)

 

84,999,342

70,114,640

22,050,000

 

177,163,942

Hungary (AMIF)

23,713,477

 

 

 

400,000

24,113,477

Lithuania (AMIF)

9,632,277

 

 

 

 

9,632,277

Luxembourg (AMIF)

7,160,577

 

 

 

800,000

7,960,577

Malta (AMIF)

17,178,877

 

 

 

 

17,178,877

Netherlands   (AMIF)

94,419,077

 

 

26,750,000

9,860,000

131,029,077

Portugal (AMIF)

32,776,377

 

 

 

1,080,000

33,856,377

Romania (AMIF)

21,915,877

 

 

1,935,000

580,000

24,430,877

Slovenia (AMIF)

14,725,477

 

 

 

 

14,725,477

United Kingdom (AMIF)

370,425,577



 

22,200,000

392,625,577


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