The Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-20 aims to contribute, via financial assistance, to the effective management of migration flows and to the implementation and development of a common EU approach to asylum and migration. The AMIF reflects efforts to simplify and streamline the implementation of the European Union budget in the area of home affairs. For the 2014-2020 period, approximately 88% (€2.39bn) of the total AMIF resources of €3.1bn were allocated to Member States that adopted multiannual national programmes.

On 12 June 2018, the European Commission submitted an interim evaluation of the AMIF to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, the conclusions of which drew on interim evaluation reports prepared by Member States on the implementation of their AMIF national programmes during the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2017.

Also on 12 June 2018, in the context of the new Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-27, the European Commission published its Proposal for a Regulation to establish the Asylum and Migration Fund, the successor Fund to the current AMIF

The first ‘Follow the Money: Assessing the use of AMIF funding at the national levelstudy, published in January 2018, assessed the programming and design of national AMIF funds from a civil society perspective. This second ‘Follow the Money’ study presents:

  • A comparative critical analysis of the use of AMIF funding at national level during 2014-18, drawing on the outcomes of national and European interim evaluations of the Fund and the perspectives of civil society and other actors involved in national AMIF implementation.
  • Detailed case studies assessing national AMIF implementation in four Member States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany and Spain).
  • A critical overview of the use of AMIF emergency assistance to implement actions in Member States during 2014-17.

Based on this analysis, this report presents:

  • Recommendations on the implementation of the proposed Asylum and Migration Fund for 2021-27 at national level, addressed to Member States.
  • Recommendations on programming, monitoring and evaluating national implementation of the proposed Asylum and Migration Fund for 2021-27, addressed to the European Commission.

This report is produced in the framework of the strategic partnership of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), established in 2016 to develop and promote discussions on the future of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Download the report here.