Over the past 20 years, the European Union has put in place some of the highest common asylum standards in the world. Moreover, in the past three years the European migration policy has further developed based on the European Agenda on Migration proposed by the Juncker Commission in 2015. As demonstrated in the regular reports on the implementation of the European Agenda on Migration, the EU continues to actively seek a
joint approach to migration, and many actions support refugees and asylum seekers and help Member States in need.
The Agenda sets out a comprehensive approach addressing irregular migration, border management, asylum policy and legal migration; it puts also an emphasis on returns, protecting external borders, solidarity with countries of origin, opening legal pathways and modernising the European visa policy. In addition, integrating migrants into European host societies and fighting against migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings will remain priorities in 2019.
Expected results :
The work programme for 2019 for Union actions in the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) will support the efforts listed above and further increase support for managing migration, and will result in:
- more support to Member States under high migratory pressure;
- more support for legal migration and the early integration of legally staying non-EU
- countering irregular migration, increasing the effective return of those people who
have no right to stay and cooperation on readmission with third countries;
- equipping the Union with faster and more flexible means of responding to crises.
The global budgetary envelope reserved for grants under this work programme is EUR 34 900 000.
- Fostering the integration of persons in need of protection through private sponsorship schemes
- Social orientation of newly arrived third-country nationals through involvement of local communities, including mentoring and volunteering activities
- Social and economic integration of migrant women
- Awareness raising and information campaigns on the risks of irregular migration in selected third countries and within Europe
- Support to victims of trafficking in human beings
- Protection of children in migration
- Transnational projects by Member States for training of experts in the area of asylum and immigration