The future of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

In light of the current EU discussions on the finances of the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, Justice & Peace signed a joint statement with  the European NGO Platform on EU Asylum and Migration Policy, highlighting concerns and recommendations. Its content strongly matches our vision of a better world, especially the emphasized necessity of guaranteeing sufficient resources for vulnerable migrants and the proposed inclusion of a mandatory partnership principle.

Besides Justice & Peace, the statement was signed by NGOs such as Save the Children, Red Cross EU Office, ECRE and the European Network of Migrant Women. Together with other NGOs, we work towards a more just world.

Our call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union

As EU co-legislators resume discussions on the basis of their negotiating mandates on the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, the undersigned organisations are joining forces to reiterate and highlight key recommendations and concerns [1].

I. ADDRESSING VULNERABILITY AND ENSURING PROTECTION

Funding for asylum and migration must be implemented in compliance with international human rights standards and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. All AMF-funded actions should ensure that the protection of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are core policy objectives, and that the needs of vulnerable persons are addressed through dedicated measures and safeguards.

II. SAFEGUARDING POLICY COHERENCE IN NON-EU COUNTRIES

It is essential to precisely define the respective responsibilities of internal and external EU funding instruments on EU asylum and migration priorities, and to uphold the Treaty-based commitment to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in all EU policies likely to affect developing countries.

III. IMPLEMENTING PARTNERSHIPS WITH CSOs IN PRACTICE

We welcome the provisions on partnership and multi-level governance included in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR). However, we are concerned that these provisions may not apply to the AMF and that the Council may pursue a sectoral approach with a fund-specific partnership principle. We call on the co-legislators to include a mandatory partnership principle in the current AMF proposal, with a view to guaranteeing meaningful and inclusive participation of CSOs, including migrant and refugee-led organisations.

IV. ENSURING COORDINATED AND SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES TO INTEGRATION

Within its proposals for the next MFF, the European Commission foresees a broad multi-fund approach to integration, mainstreaming this priority across several funding instruments. While both the European Parliament and the Council have expressed support for maintaining integration and social inclusion of non-EU citizens among the main objectives of the AMF, the current proposal has foreseen integration beyond “early” stages to be primarily supported by the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).

[1] See “The Asylum and Migration Fund: A tool for more humane, transparent and effective asylum and migration policies in the EU?” February 2019. [2] ECRE/UNHCR, “The Way Forward: A Comprehensive Study of the new Proposals for EU Funds on Asylum, Migration and Integration”, September 2018. [3] ECRE/UNHCR, The Way Forward – A reflection paper on the new proposals for EU Funds on Asylum, Migration and Integration 2021-2027”, paper authored by Rachel Westerby, 2018.

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