The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) provides funding for actions in the field of asylum, legal migration and integration, return and countering irregular migration.
This call aims to increase the impact and the sustainability of community sponsorships.
Ensuring effective integration and inclusion of third-country nationals is a necessary social and economic investment in the EU. It makes European societies more cohesive, resilient and prosperous. Integration and inclusion can and should be a win-win process, benefiting the entire society. In the Action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-20273 (the Action plan), the European Commission has set out strategic guidance and more than sixty concrete actions to promote integration and inclusion of third-country nationals and EU citizens with a migrant background. The Action plan covers all the different stages and phases of the integration process: pre-departure measures, reception and early integration, medium- and long-term integration, which, all together, help build inclusive and cohesive societies.
For the purpose of this call for proposals, “migrants” should be understood as third-country nationals, including beneficiaries of international and temporary protection and applicants for international protection.
Read more in the call document.
As part of the ongoing EU efforts to provide more safe and legal pathways for displaced persons in need of international protection, the European Commission encouraged Member States to explore and expand community sponsorship schemes as a way to underpin resettlement, humanitarian admission and other complementary pathways8. One of the actions of the Action plan on integration and inclusion is to “support the development of community sponsorship programmes for beneficiaries of international protection across the EU through funding, facilitation of exchange of best practices and strengthened cooperation between all relevant public and private stakeholders”. There is no commonly agreed definition of the concept of community sponsorship yet, but certain elements and characteristics are common to all. Several Member States are already implementing different models of community sponsorship schemes. Notwithstanding some differences, all community sponsorship schemes are based on a strong partnership between the State, civil society organisations and private individuals. In community sponsorship schemes, non-State actors (e.g. individuals, NGOs, faith-based organisations) play a more structural role in welcoming and integrating those in need of international protection.
Read more in the call document, page 8.
The general objective of this topic is to increase the impact and the sustainability of community sponsorships as regards numbers of persons in need of international protection covered, the effectiveness of integration of the persons in need of international protection and should also enhance the quality of the programmes.
This general objective can be achieved by supporting actions aiming at mobilising local support and building strong partnerships between key stakeholders that are pursuing one or more of the following specific objectives:
1. developing community sponsorship activities that focus on housing solutions;
2. expanding the number of Member States that operate community sponsorship programmes;
3. increasing the number, quality and commitment of sponsors, who are at the core of community sponsorship programmes;
4. promoting a higher diversity of sponsors, with a particular emphasis on mobilising diaspora communities in the Member States;
All projects should foster transnationality and knowledge sharing via:
Proposals should include one or more of the following activities (non-exhaustive list):
activities related to:
The expected outcome is the creation of more resilient and crisis-proof resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes via strengthening of the support to, among others, public-private partnerships at local and national level for the community sponsorship schemes rich in numbers and profiles of sponsors. Through the implementation of this topic the European Commission aims to achieve:
Read more in the call document.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
Proposals must be submitted by:
Maximum 30 or 36 months.
The available budget for this topic is EUR 8 000 000.