When the number of migrants and asylum seekers rapidly increased through 2015, 2016 and 2017 it put a severe strain on the asylum and reception systems of several member states of the European Union. Not least the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF) was tested.

AMIF is dedicated to promoting the efficient management of migration flows across Europe and to the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration – subjects that took center stage during the crisis.

Evaluation as a knowledge source

Ramboll Management Consulting conducted the interim evaluation of AMIF on behalf of the European Commission in 2017 and 2018. It concluded that AMIF has proven comprehensive enough to address the needs and that the current challenges of increased immigration in especially 2015 and 2016 were properly addressed within the funds’ framework.

Another conclusion is that the interventions financed by AMIF vary in character across Europe and have varying degrees of sustainability. This diversity offers a potential, according to Vanessa Ludden from Ramboll’s office in Brussels who headed the evaluation: 

“As part of the evaluation, we have created an interesting overview of interventions across borders. This overview not only gives rise to a set of recommendations for future actions regarding the management of AMIF, it also represents a potential knowledge source for national development.”

Implementation advice based on multiple methods

The evaluation applied a theory-based approach and a mix of methods, ranging from the meta-evaluation of Member States’ interim evaluation reports, to desk research, in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, and case studies focusing on one specific AMIF instrument, namely Emergency Assistance in a selection of seven countries: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Sweden.

The evaluation of AMIF is one example among others of how Ramboll contributes with the knowledge to policymaking. Always with an ambition to provide knowledge at the highest possible level of evidence as a basis for designing the necessary sustainable interventions. In recent years, Ramboll has expanded its cooperation with decision-makers in the European government offices so that close advice on implementation has become a valuable complement to the evaluations.

An example of this is that Ramboll in 2016 and 2017 cooperated with the Nordic Council of Ministers on a series of implementation seminars. The aim was to assist the participants in digesting a major analysis of integration measures in the Nordics and use the takeaways at both on a national and local level.

 About the AMIF evaluation

The evaluation applied a theory-based approach and consisted of an extensive variety of methods e.g.

  • Desk research

  • Meta-evaluation of Member States’ interim evaluation reports

  • Case studies focusing on one specific AMIF instrument, namely Emergency Assistance in a selection of seven countries:
    • Austria
    • Bulgaria
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Greece
    • Sweden
  • In-depth interviews with key stakeholders

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