On 24 November, the European Commission released its new Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion. This Action Plan supports the funding of integration projects activities regardless of the status of beneficiaries, as it does not limit itself to regularly residing third country nationals. The inclusion of undocumented migrants in the integration measures of the Action Plan will depend on the specifications of funds like the European Social Fund Plus and the European Regional Development Fund. The Action Plan follows a 3-month consultation with civil society, international organisations, member states and other stakeholders. This consultation period underlined the high risk of marginalisation, the unequal impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on physical and mental health of undocumented people and the need to consider regularisation schemes.
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