Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders

refugee unsplash

(Unsplash, 2019)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders.

The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in current prices, 51% more than in the previous financial framework). It also backed the creation of a new Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF) and agreed to allocate €7.1 billion (€8 billion in current prices) to it.

The AMIF should contribute to strengthen the common asylum policy, develop legal migration, in line with the member states’ economic and social needs, contribute to countering irregular migration and ensure effective, safe and dignified return, readmission and reintegration in non-EU countries.

But it should also ensure “solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility between the member states, in particular towards those most affected by migration challenges, including through practical cooperation”, MEPs state.

MEPs also want to make sure that funds can be allocated to local and regional authorities, and to international and non‑governmental organisations, working in the field of asylum and migration.

Integrated Border Management Fund to secure EU’s external borders

IBMF will provide funding to build and enhance member states’ capacities in border management and visa policy. The funding dedicated to member states (60 % of the total envelope) will reflect their needs and take into account additional pressures. Furthermore, a new EU thematic facility (40% of the total envelope) will ensure flexibility to channel emergency funding to member states and EU-level projects when urgent action is needed.

MEPs also added safeguards to ensure that actions and measures funded through the Instrument comply with the EU’s fundamental rights obligations, in particular with the principles of non-discrimination and non-refoulement.

Both funds will operate in full synergy. They will also work closely with the reinforced Internal Security Fund (ISF) focusing on tackling terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.

Next steps

The draft proposal on the renewed AMIF passed with 31 votes to 23 and 1 abstention. The new IBMF was backed by 41 MEPs, 9 voted against and 2 abstained. The full House will have to confirm its position in the first March plenary, ahead of the negotiations with the Council of the EU.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

France and Poland to block David Cameron’s plans on immigration

At Arab League Summit, Guterres reaffirms strong link between UN and people of Arab world

Over $39 million earmarked by UN-backed fund to combat effects of climate change in Nepal

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

Sustainable fishing staying afloat in developed world, sinking in poorer regions

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

EU strengthens cooperation with Ethiopia

EU mobilises international donors to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants and countries in the region

Why protectionism spells trouble for global economic growth

Chauvinism and xenophobia will lead to global assertiveness and more wars

We must rethink and repurpose cybersecurity for the COVID-19 era

CO2 can be a valuable raw material, not just a climate killer. Here’s how

In rural Bangladesh, solar power is changing lives

Scientists can lead the fight against fake news

The glimmers of hope in the latest dire climate report

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

How multistakeholder platforms can strengthen our multilateral system

All sides in Yemen conflict could be guilty of war crimes, UN experts find

Scotland wants to create an ethical stock exchange (Post Brexit)

Inspiring young doctors: the beginning of the change

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “We need more Schengen but reinforce control!”, France’s Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron emphasises from Davos

Leaders making these 5 key investments can shape an inclusive future

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

EU budget: Commission helps prepare new Cohesion programmes with Regional Competitiveness Index and Eurobarometer

Yemen talks: Truce agreed over key port city of Hudaydah

Pay packet inequality growing worldwide, says new UN report

Except Poland, can climate change also wait until 2021 for the EU Market Stability Reserve to be launched?

New challenge: Not going through “burnout” in times of quarantine

Monday’s Daily Brief: WFP mulls ‘last resort’ Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat ‘very high’

New study shows close link between GVCs participation and economic development

Human traffickers in Libya are posing as UN staff, says Refugee Agency

UN expert criticizes States for ‘ganging up’ on Wikileaks’ Assange; warns against extradition, fearing ‘serious’ rights violations

UN chief welcomes possibility of resumed talks between US and North Korea

EU adopts new €100 million assistance package to benefit refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq

The world wide web is 30 years old. What better time to fight for its future?

In Yemen, Special Envoy sees UN role in preserving ‘essential’ aid pipeline at country’s major port

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus

Mergers: Commission approves Varta AG’s acquisition of Energizer’s divestment business, subject to conditions

Long-term EU budget: It is not possible to do more with less, say MEPs

How has tech been used for good in civil society? We asked the experts

Climate change and health: a much needed multidisciplinary approach

Timor-Leste Foreign Minister highlights value of UN in resolving conflicts

High-flyers: China is on top of the world for skyscraper construction

Pakistan: a long road ahead

5 reasons why the role of WTO Director-General matters

Coronavirus global response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Afghanistan and further support

Going climate-neutral: expert-group recommendations to help energy-intensive industries contribute to the EU’s 2050 target

The EU slowly exits from “Excessive Deficit Procedure” and hopefully from ‘Excessive Austerity Procedure’ too

Security of 5G networks: EU Member States complete national risk assessments

An economist explains how to value the internet

ECOFIN: Choosing between the re-unification of Eurozone and a stalemate

Rapid action needed for people to meet challenges of changing world of work

In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

The vehicles of our future

How tech can help businesses balance profit and purpose

Nearly $4 billion needed to protect 41 million children from conflict and disaster

Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May at last week’s EU Council. Source: EC Audiovisual Services / Copyright: European Union, 2017 / Photo: Etienne Ansotte

EU leaders open “Phase Two” of Brexit talks and warn Theresa May of tougher times

Data is the fuel of mobility. Don’t spill it for nothing

Despite violence, ‘tremendous hunger’ for peace in Afghanistan: top UN official

Global trade is broken. Here are five ways to rebuild it

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s