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Charities recruiting migrants as volunteers might gain access to the European Integration Fund - 19 February 2010

EIF is mentioned in context of new law allowing fast-track citizenship for immigrants who volunteer.

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act, which was passed in July 2009, allows immigrants who have been in the UK for five years to gain citizenship within one further year, rather than three, if they can prove they have been an "active citizen" by volunteering.

Charities that take on migrants as volunteers could have access to money from the Euroepean Integration Fund (EIF) if they find matching funding.

Chris Hedges, a civil servant at the UK Border Agency, told a meeting of the England Volunteering Development Council this week that the Government would be able to allocate money from the EIF, to organisations creating volunteering opportunities for migrants.

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