EU to spend over €9 billion to tackle migration

Budget for the period 2021-2027 agreed upon.

FILE PHOTO: Refugees and migrants wait to be transferred to camps on the mainland, at the port of Elefsina near Athens Greece, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Costas Baltas/File Photo

The budget for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), for the period 2021-2027, will amount to €9.882 billion.

The Council and European Parliament agreed that the new programme should focus on developing legal migration in line with the member states’ economic and social needs, support third-country nationals to effectively integrate and be socially included, and contribute to the fight against irregular migration.

Funding should also reach grassroots levels. Negotiators ensured that funds could be allocated to local and regional authorities that implement measures to support people to integrate into their community the statement declared.

Under the new programme EU countries will receive for every resettled person (€10.000, up from the €7.000 intended by the Council), the same amount they will get for every person relocated from another member state.

A new funding will be introduced that was not available in the running programme. Funds for humanitarian admission will give member states €6.000 for every person they welcome under this mechanism (€8.000 if it is a vulnerable person).

The next steps will involve the finalization at a technical level and formal adaptation both in Parliament and Council.