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14 July 2021

EU Parliament adopts two funds for asylum and border policies

EU Parliament adopts two funds for asylum and border policies
The European Parliament definitively approved the two funds intended to help EU countries to improve the management of migratory flows and borders and to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals

The 2021-2027 Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (€9.88 billion) will strengthen the EU’s common asylum policy, develop legal migration in line with member states’ needs, support the integration of third-country nationals, and contribute to the fight against irregular migration. At Parliament’s request, the money should also serve to push member states to share the responsibility of hosting refugees and asylum-seekers more fairly across the EU.

More information about the objectives, priorities and budgetary allocations of the next AMIF are available in the press release published after the agreement with the Council.

With a €6.24 billion budget over seven years, the Integrated Border Management Fund is intended to help strengthen EU external border management while ensuring fundamental rights are respected. The fund will also contribute to a common, harmonised visa policy, and introduce protective measures for vulnerable people arriving in Europe, in particular unaccompanied children.
Read more on the main purposes of the border instrument and Parliament’s priorities regarding its implementation here.

After approval, the regulations on the funds will be published in the Official Journal. They will then apply retroactively from 1 January 2021.