EU allocates 15.33 mn to speed relocations from Italy

Avramopoulos says transfers 'vital' in programme's last months

05 May, 18:18

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission (EC) has awarded Italy 15.33 million euros in emergency funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), in order to improve the functioning of the relocation scheme for asylum seekers, the EC announced on Friday.
    In addition to aiding the provision of accommodation, food, health care and linguistic and cultural mediation to migrants, the funding will help reinforce work on relocation applications, since the programme is due to expire in September.
    "In the last months of the relocation scheme, it is now vital to make sure everyone who is eligible for relocation is effectively and swiftly relocated," said Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.
    "This extra financial support for Italy shows once again that the EU continues to stand by Italy," he said.
    The additional funding brings to 74.09 million euros the total emergency assistance awarded since 2015 by the Commission from AMIF and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) in support of the Italian authorities and international organisations operating in Italy. This funding comes on top of the 592.6 million euros of ordinary AMIF and ISF funds allocated to Italy under the national programmes for 2014-2020.

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