Deadline: 31 January 2019
European Commission is seeking proposals for its programme entitled “Engagement of diaspora communities on awareness raising” to sensitize the target audience and to provide prospective migrants, vulnerable communities, diaspora members and local media with objective information about the perils of migrant smuggling and the legal, social and economic realities of life in Europe, as well as the available legal pathways to Europe.
- Engage with and empower the voice of diaspora communities in the EU in providing information and raising awareness to counter migrant smugglers’ narratives on irregular migration and to inform about the opportunities of voluntary return and reintegration programmes.
- Pilot diaspora-based communication campaigns and activities providing for accurate factual, trusted and balanced information on the risks of irregular migration and migrant smuggling, both during the journey (perils of the voyage when undertaken irregularly) and after arrival (hardships of living irregularly in the EU and return), as well as on alternative legal pathways to Europe.
- Strengthen multi-stakeholder cooperation between actors such as local governments/councils, civil society organizations, private companies, and where relevant, third countries, on the best ways to engage with diaspora communities as bearers of information to their compatriots planning to come to Europe irregularly.
- The grant amount requested must be between EUR 250.000 and EUR 500 000.
- Empower the voice of diasporas and strengthen their role as bearers of reliable information for their communities in third countries.
- Increase awareness among prospective migrants in origin and transit countries of the risks of irregular migration and migrant smuggling, on alternative legal pathways to Europe as well as about opportunities of voluntary return and reintegration programs.
- Strengthen cooperation and share best practices among local authorities and other actors such as civil society organizations, private companies or third countries on the best ways to engage with diasporas in countering the smugglers narratives.
- Identification of most effective approaches to the engagement with diaspora communities in the EU, as well as lessons learnt and gaps for follow-up interventions.
In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants and co-applicants must be:
- Legal persons (applications from natural persons are not eligible).
- Established in a Member State participating in AMIF (this does not apply to international organisations).
- Public bodies (including local authorities, public employment services, youth services and education institutions) or entities working on a non-profit basis.
- International organisations may be established outside of the Member States of the European Union participating in AMIF.
- All EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark, are participating in AMIF. Legal entities established in Denmark cannot participate in this call.
- International Organisations cannot participate as a Lead applicants /coordinators or as a co-applicants.
- For-profit organisations cannot participate as a Lead applicants /coordinators or as a co-applicants.
- Union agencies can be neither Applicants nor Co-applicants.
- For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project.
How to Apply
Applicants can apply via given website.
Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
For further information, please visit European Commission.