European Refugee Fund

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The general objective of the European Refugee Fund (ERF) is to support and improve the efforts of Member States to improve reception conditions, to apply fair and effective asylum procedures and to promote good practices in the field of asylum so as to protect the rights of persons requiring international protection and enable Member States asylum systems to work efficiently. 

TARGET GROUP

The ERF’s target group comprises of persons with refugee status and stateless people, persons with recognized subsidiary protection status, asylum seekers, persons that have a regime of temporary protection, and resettled persons or who are in the process to being resettled.

FINANCING

A total of EUR 628 million has been reserved for the Refugee Fund for the period 2008-2013, and from this amount 7.825.925,74 € will be assigned to Spain. The Ministry of Labour and Immigration continues to be the responsible authority for the ERF in Spain for the programming period, and it will develop the multi-annual programming strategy (2008 – 2013) that establishes the usage given to the resources received annually.

PROJECTS OBJECT OF FINANCING

Financial assistance from the Fund may be awarded to:

  • Activities aiming at improving reception conditions and access to asylum procedures, through activities to develop the infrastructures and accommodation services, improve the provision of specific services targeted to a vulnerable population group, as well as, to provide social, sanitary, legal, linguistic and material services to the target groups.
  • Facilitate the integration of persons who have applied for, or already hold, a form of international protection.
  • Enhance the capacity of the Spanish State to develop, monitor and evaluate Member States asylum policies.
  • Carry out studies, train personnel and organize awareness raising activities related to resettlement of refugees who are in third-countries outside the borders of the European Union.

CO-FINANCING AND OTHER EUROPEAN FUNDS

Measures within selected projects may be carried out for more than one of the above mentioned reasons. The national / private co-financing of projects under the ERF must cover at least 25% of the total cost of the project. Furthermore, projects cannot overlap with the European Social Fund (ESF) or the Integration Fund (IF). Projects which can be better supported through other EU programmes are not funded from the European Refugee Fund.

PLANNING

The Ministry of employment and Social Security, through the Directorate General for Migrations is responsible for the implementation of ERF national actions in Spain for this period of programming. These actions will be developed following the multi-annual programming strategy (2008–2013) that establishes the usage given to the resources received annually.

MULTI-ANNUAL PROGRAMME

ANNUAL PROGRAMMES

The ultimate versions adopted by the European Commission can be downloaded here:

ANNUAL CALLS FOR PROPOSALS AND LIST OF FINAL BENEFICIARIES

PUBLICITY

In order to assure major transparency, diffuse the eligible actions and ensure equal opportunities in access to co-financed programs, the Department of Migrations does the following communication:

  • Informations events:
    • 2010: Information session were held on conducted on April 7, 2010, in the Assembly Hall of the Secretariat General for Immigration and Emigration, addressed to potential beneficiaries of the ERF, with the participation of 9 entities.
    • 2009: Information session were held on conducted on October 9, 2009, in the Assembly Hall of the Secretariat General for Immigration and Emigration, addressed to potential beneficiaries of the ERF, with the participation of 9 entities.
  • Training seminar

    Conference "The integration of immigrants and asylum seekers supported by EU funds: shared experiences."

    Held in Madrid on December 10, 2009.

    This seminar provided information to potential beneficiaries, stakeholders and general public on European funds related to the Immigration and shared experiences (which were carried out with this european financing).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE EUROPEAN REFUGEE FUND

For more information on the Fund, the page Web of the European Commission, available in English, can be consulted:
ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/financing/fundings/migration-asylum-borders/refugee-fund/index_en.htm

  • The Decision nº 573/2007/EC of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 144/1, of 6 June 2007.
  • The Commission Decision of 19 December 2007 laying down rules for the implementation of Decision Nº 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 7/1, of 10 January 2008.
  • The Commission Decision of 29 November 2007 implementing Decision Nº 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the adoption of the strategic guidelines 2008 to 2013 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 326 /29, of 12 of December 2007.
  • The commission Decision of 9 July 2009 amending Decision 2008/22/EC laying down rules for the implementation of Decision nº573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008-2013, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L179/62, of 10 July 2009.
  • The Commission Decision of 3 March 2011 amending Decision 2008/22/EC laying down rules for the implementation of Decision Nº 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008-2013 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union L62/46, of 9 March 2011.

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