Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

The home affairs budget for 2014-2020 (COM(2011) 749 final)

European Commission

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Communication from the the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on Building an open and secure Europe: the home affairs budget for 2014-2020 (COM(2011) 749 final).

Abstract

The Communication sets out the context for the funding of EU home affairs policies between 2014-2020. The Commission proposes to simplify the existing EU funding framework by establishing two Funds: (1) the Asylum and Migration Fund and the (2) Internal Security Fund. The Communication describes the legal architecture for the two Funds, the budget proposed for each one, the policy areas they will cover, and the principles governing the programming and management of the Funds.

The Asylum and Migration Fund will replace the European Refugee Fund, the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals and the European Return Fund and provide financial support for the following measures:

  • the further development of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
  • the establishment of an EU Resettlement Programme to support the resettlement within EU Member States of refugees from outside the EU, as well as the relocation within the EU of individuals recognised as being in need of international protection. EUR 560 million have been earmarked in order to provide lump sum payments to Member States willing to accept resettled or relocated refugees/beneficiaries of international protection;
  • the implementation of strategies for the integration of legally resident third country nationals;
  • return and reintegration measures;
  • strengthening the capacity of third countries to readmit their own nationals or other third country nationals who have transited their territory; and the implementation of measures within the framework of Mobility Partnerships.

The Asylum and Migration Fund will provide financial incentives to Member States that commit to resettling or relocating a number of persons through a biennial 'pledging' exercise on the basis of common EU resettlement priorities. In this context, the Fund will also contribute to strengthening third countries' capacities, in particular in the framework of Regional Protection Programmes.

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COM(2011) 749 final