The present Call for Proposals aims at funding projects in the area of Integration of third-country nationals.
Project applications submitted under the present Call for Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:
1. Promoting active participation in society overall
Integration goes beyond having a job. Active participation in other aspects of society is equally important, in particular in educational activities and social activities, including for children. Not only does this contribute to the smooth integration of third-country nationals, it also helps to promote a positive image of migration, combat stereotypes, communicate real facts and change the ‘narrative’ on migration.
Projects applicants could involve volunteers from the European solidarity corps in their projects. In this case, project beneficiaries should make sure they include an insurance for volunteers of the European solidarity corps in their project proposal.
In the evaluation of projects, the inclusion of the gender dimension through specific action empowering women or creating conditions for their active participation will be considered favourably. This needs to be clearly demonstrated through specific objectives and targets.
The objectives are to:
promote the development and implementation of innovative actions to increase third country nationals’ participation in educational and social activities, cultural life, the volunteering sector, media professions, decision‑making/consultation and representation frameworks; and
foster knowledge- and experience‑sharing and capacity‑building on successful action to increase third country nationals’ participation in society, with a particular focus on social activities, cultural life, sport, the volunteering sector, media professions, decision‑making/consultation and representation frameworks.
2. Pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of international protection who are being relocated within the EU or resettled from a third country
Funding will be available for the following activities to integrate persons in need of international protection who have been relocated from another Member State or resettled from outside the EU:
for people resettled from outside the EU – clearly linked pre-departure and post‑arrival activities;
for people relocated from another Member State – post‑arrival activities building on pre‑departure information activities; and
activities to prepare host communities for the arrival of relocated or resettled people.
Integrated multi-stakeholder partnerships should be sought, ideally between national, regional and local authorities (municipalities) and civil society organisations. Projects could focus on exchanges and mutual learning between stakeholders in Member States with varying degrees of experience of resettlement or relocation.
Projects applicants could involve volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps in their projects. In this case, project beneficiaries should make sure they include an insurance for volunteers of the European Solidarity Corps in their project proposal.
In the evaluation of the projects, the inclusion of the gender dimension will be considered favourably. This needs to be clearly demonstrated through specific objectives and targets.
The objectives are to support:
pre-departure activities aimed at preparing resettled third country nationals for their life in the EU; these should serve as a basis for subsequent post-arrival activities.
specific post-arrival activities, especially building on/deepening pre‑departure activities and enabling effective integration of resettled and relocated people; and
capacity‑building in the receiving communities, in particular for service‑providers and potential employers.
These activities should inter alia address vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children).
Projects should seek to promote gender equality. Where relevant, applicants should ensure that gender equality issues are taken into account by paying attention to the situation and particular needs of women and men.
Rights of the child mainstreaming
Projects should seek to promote the respect of the rights of the child. Where relevant, applicants should ensure that rights of the child issues are taken into account by paying attention to the situation and particular needs of children.
Equal employment opportunities
The Commission encourages applicants to promote equal employment opportunities for all their staff and team, and to employ an appropriately diverse mix of people.
Applicants should take these objectives into account when planning their project and preparing their application, and demonstrate in their proposal how they will achieve them.
Any action under this Call for Proposals shall respect and shall be implemented in line with the rights and principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Applications should pay appropriate attention to the effects of the project on individual rights and freedoms, as well as to possible remedies. In addition, any action under this Call for Proposals should comply with all relevant ethical principles and all applicable international, EU and national law on ethical issues while carrying out the project.
The European Union’s objective to constitute an area of freedom, security and justice should be achieved, inter alia, through common measures framing a policy on asylum and immigration, based on solidarity between Member States, which is fair towards third countries and their nationals.
In order to contribute to the development of the common Union policy on asylum and immigration and to the strengthening of the area of freedom, security and justice in the light of the application of the principles of solidarity and responsibility-sharing between the Member States and cooperation with third countries, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) was set up. It aims at supporting actions to contribute to the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration.
In May 2015 the European Commission adopted the European Agenda on Migration (EAM), which brings together the different steps the European Union should take now, and in the coming years, to build up a coherent and comprehensive approach to reap the benefits and address the challenges deriving from migration. Building on the European Agenda on migration and as announced in the communication of 6 April 2016 on the reform of the common European Asylum system and enhancing legal avenues to Europe, the Commission adopted an Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals on 7 June 2016. The Plan is a general policy framework for integration and includes actions to support Member States across all the policy areas that are crucial for integration:
Legal basis of AMIF are the following regulations:
Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (OJ L 150, 20.05.2014, p. 168)
Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 laying down general provisions on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and on the instrument for financial support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management (OJ L 150, 20.05.2014, p. 112).
The AMIF Regulation sets out four specific objectives, respectively to:
(i) strengthen and develop all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension;
(ii) support legal migration to the Member States in accordance with their economic and social needs, such as labour market needs, while safeguarding the integrity of the immigration systems of Member States, and to promote the effective integration of third-country nationals;
(iii) enhance fair and effective return strategies in the Member States which contribute to combating illegal immigration, with an emphasis on sustainability of return and effective readmission in the countries of origin and transit;
(iv) enhance solidarity and responsibility-sharing between the Member States, in particular towards those most affected by migration and asylum flows, including through practical cooperation.
In conformity with Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 Article 6(2), in order to implement the AMIF, the Commission has adopted, on 20 July 2016, the 2016 Annual Work Programme for the financing of Union Actions, which includes this Call for Proposals.
Actions included in the AMIF 2016 AWP will contribute to priorities identified in a Communication on the reform of the Common European Asylum System and enhancing legal avenues to Europe of 6 April 2016 and in the Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals of 7 June 2016
As already announced in the Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals, the 2016 AMIF Commission Work Programme included 2 priorities for action in the field of integration: promoting active participation in society overall, linked to the policy priority area 5 of the Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals, and pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of international protection who are being relocated within the EU or resettled from a third country linked to the policy priority area 1 of the Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals.
Topic conditions and documents
Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
List of eligible countries:
All EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark
2.1 Eligibility conditions and other requirements are described in the Guide for applicants
In order to be eligible for a grant, applications must be:
a) transnational, i.e. involving at least three entities established in at least two different EU Member States participating in the AMIF instrument
b) seeking EU co-funding equal to or more than EUR 450 000 and equal to or less than EUR 750 000.
c) activities must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application.
Union agencies can be neither Applicants nor Co-applicants.
Affiliated entities, i.e. legal entities having a legal or capital link with Applicants, shall take part in the action as individual Co-applicants in order to declare eligible costs.
2.2 Eligibility of the applicant and of the partners
In order to be eligible for a grant, the Applicant and the Co-applicants must be:
a) legal persons; applications from natural persons are not eligible;
b) a public body (including local authorities, public employment services, youth services and education institutions), a non-profit-making private entity, or an international organisation.
c) a for-profit entity may only participate as co-applicant and not as coordinator. Its participation must be strictly on a non-profit basis;
d) established in a Member State of the European Union participating in the AMIF instrument. International organisations may be established outside of the EU Member States participating in the AMIF instrument..