The establishment of the new Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for the years 2014-2020 is based on a specific proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (COM (2011)751 final 15.11.2011 and amounts to a total of €3.9 billion. It has to be noted that this Fund is the continuation and merge of the following three Solidarity Funds: the European Integration Fund, the European Refugee Fund and the Return Fund.
The general objective of the Fund shall be to contribute to the efficient management of migration flows and to the implementation, strengthening and development of the common policy on asylum, subsidiary protection and temporary protection and the common immigration policy, while fully respecting the rights and principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The most important part of the resources available under the Fund will be channeled through national programmes of the Member States having the following national objectives:
- strengthening the establishment of Common European Asylum System by ensuring the efficient and uniform application of the Union acquis on asylum and the proper functioning of the Dublin Regulation.
- setting up and developing integration strategies, encompassing different aspects of the two way dynamic process, to be implemented at national/local/regional level where appropriate, taking into account the integration needs of third country nationals at local/regional level
- developing a return programme, which includes a component on assisted voluntary return and, where appropriate on reintegration.
The total budget for Cyprus for the current programming period 2014 – 2020 sums up to €32,308,677 with 90% EU contribution.
Examples of eligible actions are:
- provision of material aid, health and psychological care
- measures focusing on education and training, including language training,
- actions that promote meaningful contact and constructive dialogue between third country nationals and the receiving society
- actions that promote acceptance by the receiving society, including through the involvement of the media
Final beneficiaries for implementing projects in the framework of the Fund are the Central Government, Educational Institutions, International Organisations, Local Authorities, NGOs, Non Profit Organisations, Private Bodies, State-owned Enterprises.
The Union of Cyprus Municipalities participates as a member with a voting right in the newly formed Monitoring Committee of Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund which met for the first time in 2017.