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£5M to integrate legal immigrants in the UK

European fund to help foreigners to become full members of British society 20 January 2009 – UK Border Agency has announced the open call for tender for the European Integration Fund 2007-2008 Supplementary Programme. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 6 March 2009. The fund value for this period is approximately five million.

The European Integration Fund is aimed at legally newly arrived migrants (within the last five years) who are not asylum seekers or refugees, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and who have not come to the United Kingdom under visa categories such as students.

UKBA are looking to fund local authority, adult, further education and community colleges wishing to offer, or expand capacity, for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, that are intended to help legal migrants to become fully functional in United Kingdom society.

UKBA invites innovative projects that support the efforts made by the United Kingdom in enabling third country nationals of different social, cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds to fulfil the conditions for permanent residence in the United Kingdom. UKBA would also welcome bids that seek to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and future programmes in bringing about effective integration.

Funding may be up to a maximum of three years and successful bids must also be able to demonstrate that matched funding, usually half is secured before funding will be released.

This is a matched funding fund whereby the recipient will need to find matched funding for half the amount, this may be reduced to a quarter in very specific circumstances. The expected start date for selected projects is 11 May 2009.

The application form and further information can be obtained by registering through the BravoSolution website. There will be a further call for tender around June 2009 for the European Integration Fund 2009.

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