CARE – Cohesion Action for Refugees in Europe – Regional Policy

Cohesion Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) supports Member States and regions to provide emergency aid to people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

CARE introduces the necessary flexibility in the rules of the cohesion policy 2014-2020 to allow a rapid reallocation of available funds to such emergency assistance. In addition, the €10 billion allocation for 2022 from the Recovery Aid Funds for European Cohesion and Territories (“REACT-EU”) can also be used to meet these new demands under the overall goal of post-pandemic recovery.

CARE will help Member States provide emergency support covering the basic needs of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These needs include access to services such as temporary accommodation, food and water supply or medical care. CARE can also improve the administrative capacity of Member States meet the needs of refugees by supporting, for example, additional infrastructure equipment or staff needed to meet the needs of refugees. In addition, Member States can use this funding to develop tailor-made solutions for long-term integration people with a migrant background, through investments in housing, education, employment, health, social inclusion and care, or other social services. Cohesion policy support will complement support from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and other sources of funding.

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