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The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) is a new financial mechanism established for the period 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2020.

It is to replace the three existing mechanisms operating within the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows (SOLID):

  • European Fund for the Integration of Third–Country Nationals (EIF)
  • European Refugee Fund (ERF)
  • European Return Fund (RF).

AMIF has been established to contribute to the development of a common EU asylum and immigration policy and to strengthen the area of freedom, security and justice by applying the principle of solidarity and responsibility sharing between Member States, and to promote cooperation with third countries.

The overall objective of AMIF is to contribute to an effective management of migration flows and to implement, strengthen and develop common policy on asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection and the common immigration policy in full respect of the rights and principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Within the overall objective, AMIF contributes to the achievement of the following specific objectives:

  1. strengthening and developing all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension;
  2. supporting legal migration to the Union in line with the economic and social needs of Member States, i.a. the needs of the labour market, while ensuring consistency of Member States' migration systems and promoting an effective integration of third–country nationals;
  3. enhancing fair and effective return strategies in the Member States as an element of the fight against illegal immigration, with focus on ensuring durability of returns and effective readmission in the countries of origin and transit;
  4. strengthening – also through practical cooperation – solidarity and responsibility sharing between Member States, in particular with regard to the countries most affected by the phenomenon of migration and asylum flows.

AMIF’s target group consists of:

  • persons who have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection as defined in Directive 2011/95/EU;
  • persons applying for one of the forms of international protection referred to above, who have yet to receive a final decision;
  • persons who have been granted temporary protection as defined in Directive 2001/55/EC;
  • persons who are or have been displaced to a Member State, or those who are or have been transferred from a Member State.