The European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) is a financial tool of the European Commission. It aims at a more accurate mastering of the migratory movement and the implementation of a common approach towards asylum, migration and integration.
As an EU member state, Belgium can make an appeal to AMIF. For the 2014-2020 programming period, 89 million euro from the European resources is available. About one third of the budget is allocated to integration.
The ESF division manages the Flemish integration section of AMIF. The ESF division disposes of an extensive experience regarding the management of the European Social Fund programme (ESF). It can make use of this expertise to manage the calls for proposals and projects of AMIF. To this purpose, the ESF division closely cooperates with the Integration Team of the Flemish Interior Agency, which provides the co-funding of the projects as well.
The National AMIF programme 2014-2020 defines the strategy, targets and results for Belgium. Flanders will use the European resources to boost its inclusion and horizontal integration policy. The resources will primarily be used to close the employment gap, to improve access to public services and to set up actions for specific target groups (such as women, youngsters, …).
In 2015 the first calls for proposals to submit projects were launched.
The European Commission launched a call for proposals for transnational projects to promote the integration of persons from third countries in the EU member states, whereby the focus is on:
Click here to see the call for proposals.
AMIF constitutes a merge of 3 funds from the 2007-2013 programming period: the European Integration Fund (EIF), the European Refugees Fund and the European Return Fund.
Through the EIF Flanders has realised innovative projects and studies regarding diverse themes. You can find more information on the realisations of EIF in our EIF publication “Wie een netwerk heeft, is ingeburgerd” (The ones who dispose of a network are successfully integrated).