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Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs The introduction of the European Aid Fund for the most disadvantaged people in Germany is a success. This emerges from the comprehensive final report “Monitoring and Evaluation of the European Aid Fund for the Most Disadvantaged People (FEAD)”, which was published on October 7, 2020. As part of the European Aid Fund, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the European Union homeless people and people at risk of homelessness as well as newly immigrated EU citizens. It is difficult for them to find access to support services such as migration advice centers, health services or homeless support facilities. This is exactly where the support provided by the FEAD counselors comes in. For the period from 2014 to 2020, the total budget of the European Aid Fund is around 93 million. Rolf Schmachtenberg, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, said on the occasion of the publication of the report
The advisors of the projects from the European Aid Fund address the most disadvantaged people and open the doors to the available aid offers in Germany for them. In four years they have advised around 150,000 people. This is impressive evidence of the high level of commitment of all who work in these projects,
With regard to the integration of newly immigrated parents and their children, Juliane Seifert, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Women and Youth, said:
In particular, the access of newly immigrated children to offers of early education is very important to us. Because in this way we create the conditions for successful integration so that every child can get it.
According to the evaluation report, more than 150,000 people were reached and advised in the period from December 2015 to December 19, 2019. The goal of a total of around 80,000 advised people for the entire programming period was thus far exceeded. If necessary, those seeking help were accompanied by the advisors to locally or regionally available assistance. The FEAD counselors took on a bridging function between the target groups and the existing offers. This approach was successful in over 80 percent of the consultations. This means that the FEAD counselors have actually succeeded in referring people to existing counseling and help offers. According to the final report, for example, almost 11,500 immigrant children under the age of 7 had been introduced to such offers and integrated into a day-care center by the reporting date. A total of 151 projects were funded nationwide. 67 FEAD projects from the second funding round 2019/2020 are still running until the end of 2020. In addition to the evaluation, the final report contains many suggestions and recommendations for further improving the aid. The BMAS has already taken up some of the recommendations. Schmachtenberg
45 projects are currently being extended until June 30, 2022 so that the FEAD approach can be anchored in municipal structures for combating poverty. This will ensure knowledge transfer and the further development of FEAD as FEAD + in the next funding period from 2021 to 2027.
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