Integration of Third-Country Nationals

EU Call for Proposals
Last date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Country: 
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Greece
Italy
Poland
Russia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

The European Commission is currently seeking proposals for its program entitled “Integration of Third-Country Nationals”.

The European Union’s objective is 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.

Priority Areas

Project applications submitted under the present Call for Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Objectives

The AMIF Regulation sets out four specific objectives, respectively to:

  • strengthen and develop all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • enhance solidarity and responsibility-sharing between the Member
    States, in particular towards those most affected by migration and
    asylum flows, including through practical cooperation.

Eligible Activities

The following types of activities are eligible under this Call for Proposals:

  • the furthering of Union cooperation in implementing Union law and in
    sharing best practices in the field of asylum, notably on resettlement
    and the transfer of applicants for and/or beneficiaries of international
    protection from one Member State to another, including through
    networking and exchanging information, on legal migration, on
    integration of third-country nationals, including arrival support and
    coordination activities to promote resettlement with the local
    communities that are to welcome resettled refugees, and on return;
  • the setting-up of transnational cooperation networks and pilot
    projects, including innovative projects, based on transnational
    partnerships between bodies located in two or more Member States
    designed to stimulate innovation and to facilitate exchanges of
    experiences and best practices;
  • studies and research on possible new forms of Union cooperation in
    the field of asylum, immigration, integration and return and relevant
    Union law, the dissemination and exchange of information on best
    practices and on all other aspects of asylum, immigration, integration
    and return policies, including corporate communication on the political
    priorities of the Union;
  • the development and application by Member States of common
    statistical tools, methods and indicators for measuring policy
    developments in the field of asylum, legal migration and integration and
    return;
  • preparatory, monitoring, administrative and technical support and
    the development of an evaluation mechanism required to implement the
    policies on asylum and immigration;

Funds Available

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 17 604 000.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, the Applicant and the Co-applicants must be:

  • legal persons; applications from natural persons are not eligible;
  • a public body (including local authorities, public employment services, youth services and education institutions), a non-profit-making private entity, or an international organisation.
  • a for-profit entity may only participate as co-applicant and not as
    coordinator. Its participation must be strictly on a non-profit basis;
  • 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.

In order to be eligible for a grant, applications must be:

  • transnational, i.e. involving at least three entities established in
    at least two different EU Member States participating in the AMIF
    instrument;
  • seeking EU co-funding equal to or more than EUR 450 000 and equal to or less than EUR 750 000.
  • activities must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application.
  • Union agencies can be neither Applicants nor Co-applicants.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit applications online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/amif/topics/amif-2016-ag-inte-01.html

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