In order to promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration, the European Commission established the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to provide funding for the period 2014-20.
This Fund also provides financial resources for the activities and future development of the European Migration Network (EMN) – Click here
More information is available on the European Commission’s website – Click here
What objectives is the AMIF set up to achieve?
The AMIF Fund will contribute to the achievement of four specific objectives:
Asylum: strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System by ensuring that EU legislation in this field is efficiently and uniformly applied;
Legal migration and integration: supporting legal migration to EU States in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals;
Return: enhancing fair and effective return strategies, which contribute to combating irregular migration, with an emphasis on sustainability and effectiveness of the return process;
Solidarity: making sure that EU States, which are most, affected by migration and asylum flows can count on solidarity from other EU States.
What types of activities can be funded?
Funding is available for Reception, Integration and Capacity Building actions that address one or more of the National Objectives set out in Ireland’s National Programme AMIF (2014-2020). The National Programme includes examples of the types of actions that may be funded. Actions not specified in the National Programme may still be eligible for funding provided they address relevant Objective(s).
Who are the groups being targeted for benefit under AMIF?
- Third Country Nationals (Citizens of non-EU countries who are legally resident in Ireland);
- Eligible Asylum Seekers.
Under the Capacity Objective, actions may also target;
- Public authorities, civil society bodies and recipients of AMIF funding and the staff and volunteers of those entities.
Who manages AMIF in Ireland?
The AMIF Fund is managed by the EU Funds Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality. The EU Funds Unit was designated to be the ‘Responsible Authority’ in Ireland for the AMIF by the Minister for Justice and Equality.