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Joint advocacy efforts on the European Asylum and Migration Fund

Last October, the EU institutions resumed discussions on the new Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) proposal, part of the wider negotiations on the next 2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework of the EU. Together with other NGOs, COFACE Families Europe is advocating for a better use of EU resources in asylum and migration policies and co-signed two joint statements.

The first one was drafted in coalition with several European NGOs working on asylum and migration and comes as a follow-up of the joint statement delivered in February 2019. It is calling for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union and asks the co-legislators to:

  • Address the groups which are most vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse such as human trafficking victims and stateless persons; and fund the establishment of case-management based alternatives to detention as well as psychosocial and mental health support for migrants and refugees;
  • Avoid the use of AMIF to build new detention centres and to detain children or their families;
  • Limit the amount of AMIF funding spent outside the EU and ensure that this complies with human rights standards and is inherently linked to the internal dimension of asylum and migration policies;
  • Include an effective partnership principle in the AMIF regulation, which grants meaningful and inclusive participation of NGOs and migrant-led organisations in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU-funded actions on asylum, migration and integration;
  • Establish a coordination mechanism ensuring the complementarity between AMIF and the other EU funds active in integration policies such as the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), as well as a 30% minimum allocation requirement for the development of integration activities.

The second statement looks at the right of children in migration and has been drafted by child rights organizations (Eurochild, Terre des Hommes International and Save the Children) and then co-signed by several NGOs including COFACE Families Europe. The paper is titled Promoting and Protecting the rights of children in migration through the MFF 2021-2027, and analyses how the rights of children in migration can be ensured through the following new funding packages: Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF), the Commons Provisions Regulation (CPR), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund+ (ESF+) and the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).

For more information

Joint statement “The Asylum and Migration Fund: A tool for more humane, transparent and effective asylum and migration policies in the EU?” (February 2019)

Joint statement The future of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Our call for more humane, transparent and effective resources for asylum and migration in the Union

Position Paper “Promoting and Protecting the rights of children in migration through the MFF 2021-2027Position paper” (need to upload the pdf in attachment)

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