MEPs set to approve more funds for asylum and migration until 2020
EU countries would have to allocate more funds to improve their asylum systems and their integration of migrants, if Parliament approves a draft deal with national governments on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for the next seven years in a vote on Thursday. The text lists the minimum amounts that each EU country will have to spend. MEPs are also set to back the new EU Internal Security Fund, for police cooperation and border surveillance.
The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) has a total budget of €3.1 billion for 2014-2020. At least 20% of the €2.4 billion that member states will draw from the AMIF must be spent on measures to support legal migration and promote the effective integration of migrants. Member states will also be obliged to allocate at least an additional 20% of the funds to asylum measures.
The Internal Security Fund (ISF) which is designed to improve police cooperation, border surveillance and crime prevention, will get €2.8 billion for 2014-2020.
Debate: Wednesday, 12 March
Vote: Thursday, 13 March
Procedure: Co-decision (ordinary legislative procedure), first reading agreement
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