Call for proposals to support awareness raising and information campaigns on the risks of irregular migration in selected third-countries

The present Call for Proposals aims at funding projects of information and awareness-raising campaigns in the area of migration in Algeria, The Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Morocco, Senegal or Tunisia [1], aiming at preventing irregular migration and, in particular, migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings, as defined in the AMIF Annual Work Programme for 2017 [2].

The general objective of the present Call for Proposal is to contribute to the change of perceptions and behaviour of third country nationals pondering irregularly migrating to the EU and key influencers of their decisions.

The goal of this Call for Proposals is to support projects that pursue the following specific objectives:

to provide trusted, factual, balanced information on the risks of irregular migration – during the journey (dangers of migrating irregularly) and after arrival (hardship of living in the EU irregularly and return), as well as on relevant legal alternatives of migration and on economic opportunities of staying in the country of origin;
to empower credible voices in countering migrant smugglers’ narratives on irregular migration and the diasporas’ narratives on living irregularly in the EU;
to strengthen multi-stakeholder cooperation between actors such as civil society organisations, researchers, media outlets, local state actors, diaspora and where relevant other stakeholders;
to enhance the sustainability of communication activities and results of the campaign.

Project proposals submitted under the present Call for Proposals should build on the lessons learnt from the past and on-going information and awareness-raising campaigns and activities, including those implemented by the EU, Member States and International Organisations in third countries [3]. The projects should seek synergies with communication activities being implemented under actions funded by the EU, like the relevant projects co-funded by AMIF [4], and projects funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa [5], as well as, where relevant, with those implemented by EU Member States, International Organizations and other partners.