The AMIF programme (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) is a European Union funding instrument that supports the development of EU policies on Migration and Asylum. It promotes the sharing of responsibilities among Member States to effectively manage migration flows, refugees and displaced persons as well as to develop a common European policy on immigration.
The AMIF aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Asylum: strengthening and developing the Common European Asylum System by ensuring that EU legislation in this field is applied efficiently and uniformly;
- Legal migration and integration: supporting legal migration to EU States in line with the labour market needs and promoting the effective integration of non-EU nationals;
- Return: improving fair and effective return strategies, which contribute to combating irregular migration, with an emphasis on sustainability and effectiveness of the return process;
- Solidarity: making sure that EU States that are most affected by migration and asylum flows can count on solidarity from other EU States.
A number of activities are financed through this programme, including a wide range of concrete initiatives such as improving accommodation conditions and reception services for asylum seekers, information campaigns in non-EU countries regarding legal migration channels, language education and training for non-EU citizens, assistance for vulnerable persons within AMIF’s target groups, cooperation and sharing of information between EU States, and staff training on pertinent AMIF-related topics.
The AMIF also provides funding to support the activities of the European Migration Network (EMN) established by Council Decision No. 2008/381/EC. This network provides up-to-date and comparable information on migration and asylum issues and makes it available to the EU institutions, Member States and citizens.
The AMIF programme is managed by the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) of the European Commission.