10 January 2014
The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), just backed by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee, has a total budget of € 3.1 billion for 2014-2020.
The bulk of the funds, €2.7 billion, are destined for national level programmes, €360 million of which is reserved for resettlement. The text establishes that Member States have to allocate 20% of the remaining national funds (€2.4 billion) to asylum measures. If Member States wish to stay below this percentage, they will have to provide detailed explanations. Countries facing “structural deficiencies in the area of accommodation, infrastructure and service” will not be able to spend less in the field of asylum.
Following the vote, rapporteur MEP Sylvie Guillaume, said: “I am particularly delighted that member states are obliged to involve civil society and international organisations fully in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the fund at national level. Beyond their experience and expertise, they act as a safeguard promoting a fair and well-targeted distribution of the funds available.”