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Contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds to the 10 Commission Priorities - Migration

Trying hard to tackle the migration crisis, which is going on in Europe, the European Commission published the factsheet that explains contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds to the 10 Commission Priorities with focus on migration. Excerpt below highlights the focus; more information in the factsheet. 

The European Commission's agenda on migration sets out a European response combining internal and external policies, making best use of EU agencies and tools and involving Member States and institutions, international organisations, civil society, local authorities and partners outside the EU. A strong common asylum policy and a new European policy on legal migration are among President Juncker's top political priorities.

The European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) are an important funding source to support effective integration policies covering education, employment, housing and non-discrimination policies. While competence lies primarily with the Member States, the European Union can also support Member States, local authorities and civil society organisations to deal with these pressing issues.

Coordination mechanism between the funding sources, such as the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Internal Security Fund (ISF) and ESI Funds should be established both at the European and national level in order to reinforce synergies. 

The European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) can help support the long-term integration of migrants. Financial support for emergency measures, such as reception centres, mobile hospitals, tents, and containers primarily fall under the scope of AMIF programmes. In order to ensure an adequate and comprehensive response to the challenges Member States may face with the migrant crisis, the coordinated use of various European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) is vital.

Source: Contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds to the 10 Commission Priorities - Migration, European Commission Factsheet, December 2015