New EU-funding opportunities in the field of Asylum, Migration and Integration

Article written by Kurt Cortis – Executive, MEUSAC
Published in The Malta Independent – 16.11.2020

As we near the end of the 2014-2020 programming period, the European Commission has just issued a call for proposals under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) relating to transnational actions on asylum, migration and integration.

The AMIF programme seeks to promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and migration; acknowledging that whilst the impact of migration varies from one EU Member State to another, all Member States share similar migration opportunities and challenges.

Part of the AMIF programme is centralised and therefore administered by the Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) for Migration and Home Affairs. The DG issues yearly calls for proposals, open to different types of organisations in all EU Member States, for projects dealing with a myriad of issues in the field of asylum, migration and integration.

Projects supported under the AMIF programme may include a wide range of initiatives, such as the improvement of housing and response services for asylum seekers, information measures and campaigns in non-EU countries on legal migration channels, education and language training, as well as the exchange of information, cooperation and training between EU Member States.

The present call for proposals aims at funding projects on the following six topics:

1.  Developing and implementing local integration strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships.
2.  Reducing obstacles and promoting access to basic services for third-country nationals.
3.  Promoting the participation of migrants in the design and implementation of integration policies.
4.  Promoting complementary pathways for people in need of protection and their further integration.
5.  Address assistance, support and integration of third-country national victims of trafficking in human beings.
6.  Migrant children’s transition to adulthood.

Projects must involve activities seeking to address specific topics as outlined by the call. Activities such as research, training, development of strategies, and exchange of good practices, to name a few, are some of the eligible activities under this call. Also, projects must also seek to build on previous or ongoing EU-funded projects in the field of asylum and migration.

Projects must be transnational in nature and therefore each proposal should involve the collaboration of different organisations. Each topic specifies a different minimum number of partner organisations to be involved.

A project application may only address one topic and each topic specifies different thresholds for project duration and budget. A full list of specifications can be found within the Call document. The deadline for this call is 16 February 16, 2021 and the EU grant for each project is 90% of the total eligible costs.

Public bodies and non-profit-making private entities can apply as lead applicants or co-applicants under all topics. On the other hand, profit-making entities and international organisations can apply as lead applicants or as co-applicants for topics 4 and 6. Profit-making entities can also be co-applicants for projects submitted under two of the topics.

MEUSAC can assist organisations in the development and preparation of project proposals, including the filling-in of the application form. For more information on this call, the AMIF Programme or on any other matter related to EU-funding, kindly contact MEUSAC on info.meusac@gov.mt or 2200 3300.

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