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Europe: AMIF funding opportunity for migrant participation & integration of resettled or relocated refugees

In order to promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common European migration approach, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) has been set up for the period 2014-20, with a total of EUR 3.1 billion. With this new call for transnational projects, the fund will provide additional financial help in two key integration policy fields:

  1. Increased active participation of country nationals in educational and social activities, cultural life, sport, volunteering, media professions, decision‑making/consultation and representation frameworks. Proposals should:
    • promote the development and implementation of innovative actions;
    • foster knowledge and experience sharing, as well as capacity‑building.
  2. Pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of international protection who are being relocated within the EU or resettled from a third country. The objectives are to support:
    • pre-departure activities aimed at preparing resettled third country nationals for their life in the EU as a basis for subsequent post-arrival activities;
    • specific post-arrival activities, those especially building on or deepening pre‑departure activities and enabling effective integration of resettled and relocated people;
    • capacity‑building in the receiving communities, in particular for service‑providers and potential employers. 

These activities should inter alia address vulnerable groups including women and children. In the evaluation of the projects, the inclusion of the gender dimension will be considered favourably. Integrated multi-stakeholder partnerships should be sought, ideally between national, regional and local authorities (municipalities) and civil society organisations. 

Eligible applications (projects of maximum 24 months) must be transnational, involving at least three entities established in at least two different EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 17 604 000 and the requested EU co-funding can be between EUR 450,000 and 750,000, with a maximum co-funding rate of 90% of the total eligible costs of the action. 

Application is possible until 28 February 2017.