Asylum and Migration Fund

General information

Previous name: AMIF - Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund



General objective: contribute to the effective management of migration flows and development of the common policy on immigration


Specific objectives:

The Fund will address the continuing needs in the areas of asylum, early integration and return. The objectives of the Fund are:

  • ASYLUM: to strengthen and develop all aspects of the common European asylum system, including its external dimension
  • INTEGRATION. to support legal migration to the Member States, including to contribute to the integration of third-country nationals
  • RETURN: to contribute to countering irregular migration and ensuring effectiveness of return and readmission in third countries.


The Fund creates a flexible framework: Member States receive financial resources under their specific NATIONAL AMF PROGRAMMES while a part of the Fund is for the promotion of cross-border cooperation in the light of the general and specific objectives of the Fund.

Focus of funding for 2021-2027

Eligible Actions:

  • Integration measures implemented by local and regional authorities and civil-society organisations;
  • Actions to develop and implement effective alternatives to detention;
  • Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programmes and related-activities;
  • Measures targeting vulnerable persons and applicants for international protection with special reception and/or procedural needs, including measures to ensure effective protection of children in migration, in particular those unaccompanied

Thematic Priorities

Participating countries

Possible applicants

  1. Legal entities established in a third country are eligible to participate where this is necessary for the achievement of the objectives of the project.


  1. Legal entities participating in consortia of at least two independent entities,established in different Member States or overseas countries or territories linked to those states or in third countries are eligible.

Target group / Final beneficiaries


Total Budget for 2014-2020

EUR 3.14 billion distributed as follows: EUR 2.75 billion for NATIONAL programmes EUR 385 million for EU actions

Total Budget for 2021-2027

EUR 8.71 billion distributed as follows: EUR 5.5 billion to the national programmes (shared management) EUR 3.18 billion to the thematic facility

Increase / Decrease in %

Increase of 30%

Budget per project


75% of total eligible project costs 90% for projects implemented under the following actions: Integration by local authorities & society organisations; Actions to implement alternatives to detention; Assisted Voluntary Return & Reintegration programmes; Measures targeting vulnerable persons; 100% for operating support to NGOs and emergency assistance


EUR 200.000

(depending on the call)


EUR 1.500.000

(depending on the call)

Complexity of budget from 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult): 4

Criteria for the complexity of budget (How detailed is the budget, how complex is the documentation, availibility of documentation, etc.)

  • The proposal template requires detailed description of activities and costs
  • Each work package defines clearly outputs, deliverables, tasks, dedicated partner and allocated effort (person months)
  • Travel, subcontracting and equipment costs

Tips for applicants on budgeting

  • Guidelines for applicants provide useful tips on how to complete the proposal and with regard to eligible costs
  • FAQ are available on participant portal (call page)

Programme-Specific Tips for Applicants

2-3 lessons learnt in 2014-2020

  • A multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach is required
  • Associate partners demonstrate project feasibility
  • Organizations representing the target group are key in the co-design of proposals
  • Each outcome must be: linked to the project’s objective and measurable through indicators with baseline values and target values
  • Proposal preparation: 3 months for experienced project designers

Programme Specific Practical Information

  • Winning projects usually demonstrate a high degree of replicability
  • Consortia usually include from 6 to 10 partners
  • Writing a good proposal and involving the right partners are time consuming activities, so start the work at least 4/5 months before the deadline

Positive aspects

Negative Aspects

DOs and DON'Ts



Include stakeholders’ organizations in your partnership


Engage your target groups during the design phase


Foresee practical outputs and measurable outcomes



Don’t include a vague, standard dissemination strategy


Don’t limit the partnership to the minimum requirements


Don’t subcontract core activities