EU: 'Follow the money' - new report examines spending of EU's 3.1bn Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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"The Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-20 aims to contribute, via financial assistance, to the effective management of migration flows and to the implementation and development of a common EU approach to asylum and migration. The AMIF reflects efforts to simplify and streamline the implementation of the European Union (EU) budget in the area of home affairs.

For the 2014-2020 period, approximately 88% of the total AMIF resources of €3.1 billion were allocated to Member States (MS) that adopted multiannual National Programmes.

In 2018, the European Commission (EC) is to carry out a mid-term review of the AMIF, taking into account interim evaluation reports prepared by MS on the implementation of their National Programmes. The EC's interim evaluation report is to be submitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions by 30 June 2018.

This report presents a critical analysis of the design, the programming and to the extent possible, the implementation of the AMIF via AMIF national programmes.

The report's specific objectives are to:

  • support the assessment of AMIF national programming due to be undertaken in the 2018 mid-term review;
  • make recommendations for the better management and use of AMIF funds during the remainder ofthe AMIF multiannual funding period; and
  • provide input to assist the EC, MS and partners to develop European asylum, migration and integration funding instruments post-2020.

The report is produced in the framework of the strategic partnership between the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), established in 2016 to develop and promote discussions on the future of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)."

See the report: Follow th€ Money: Assessing the use of EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) funding at the national level (link to pdf)

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