The New EU Budget: More access to migration and integration funding for cities or a missed opportunity?
Municipalities in Europe are bearing direct responsibility in migrant and refugee reception and integration. Yet, they are notoriously short on funding and continue to be precluded from most EU decisions on asylum and migration policy. This policy brief sheds light on the complexities, burdens, and prospects of access to EU funding for municipalities for reception and integration costs. We provide an overview of different EU funding mechanisms in the field, the basic modes of operation of the funds and the contentious debates surrounding the current 2021-2027 EU budget. Given the ongoing deficiencies regarding municipalities’ access to and involvement in the programming of funds, we close the policy brief with some recomendations.
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Autor: Dr. Malisa Zobel, Johannes Krabbe