BRUSSELS, -- The European Commission has awarded 15.33 million euro in emergency assistance to Italy under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, AMIF, to improve the functioning of the relocation scheme the transfer of persons in need of international protection from Italy to the other EU Member States.

The funding will support the Ministry of Interior in the provision of accommodation, food, health care and linguistic and cultural mediation. The assistance will also help reinforce the information regarding relocation to those nationalities eligible for participating in the programme.

This brings the total emergency assistance awarded by the Commission under the AMIF and the Internal Security Fund, ISF, to support the Italian authorities as well as international organisations operating in Italy to 74.09 million euro since 2015. This funding comes on top of the 592.6 million euro already allocated to Italy under the national programmes for the period 2014-2020 (347.7 million euro from AMIF and 244.9 million euro from ISF).

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said, "This extra financial support for Italy shows once again that the EU continues to stand by Italy. 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."

Source: Emirates News Agency