CARE – Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe

The Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) supports Member States and regions in providing emergency assistance to people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

CARE is introducing the necessary flexibility in the 2014-2020 Cohesion policy rules to allow a swift reallocation of available funding to such emergency support. On top, the 2022 allocation of €10 billion of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (‘REACT-EU’) funds can also be used to address these new demands within the overall aim of post-pandemic recovery. 

CARE will help Member States to provide emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supplies or medical care. CARE may also enhance the administrative capacity of Member States to cater for the needs of refugees by supporting e.g. additional infrastructure equipment or staff necessary to cater for the needs of refugees. Moreover, Member States may use this funding to develop tailor-made solutions for the long-term integration of people with a migrant background, through investments in housing, education, employment, health, social inclusion and care, or other social services. Cohesion policy assistance will complement support from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and other funding sources.

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