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Network of Migrant Information Centres in Romania

New Migrant Information Centres throughout the country provided information and advice to non-EU nationals legally residing in Romania, facilitating their integration into Romanian society.

Project dates 01/06/2010 - 30/06/2011
Total budget€268 336
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectInternational Organisation for Migration (OIM), Mission in Romania
FundEIF
CountryRomania

Project Description

Following cooperation agreements with local organisations, the International Organisation for Migration (OIM) established Migrant Information Centres to facilitate the integration of non-EU nationals legally residing in Romania. This project equipped the centres, trained the centres’ staff, promoted them and established relationships with relevant local organisations and programmes.

The centres provided the migrants with information and counselling services in various areas, such as employment, access to the health care and education systems, social assistance, social insurance and housing.

Collaborating with other organisations working with migrants in Romania, the OIM organised events, including debates, round tables and conferences, to improve the community’s understanding of the needs and difficulties that migrants face during the integration process in Romania. These events facilitated dialogue between migrants and the representatives of the authorities working in the field of integration.

To promote the centres, 8 250 leaflets and 750 posters were produced and distributed.

Benefits and results

A total of 15 Migrant Information Centres were established, equipped and staffed in Bucharest, Bacău, Braşov, Buzău, Cluj, Constanţa, Craiova, Galaţi, Iaşi, Piteşti, Ploieşti, Sibiu, Suceava, Târgu Mureş and Timişoara. The OIM recruited and trained 17 employees from local organisations to staff the centres. During the 1-year project, over 7 000 migrants received information, counselling and assistance from the centres.

The project encouraged visitors to register their contact information. This will be used by the centres to alert migrants of future activities and to help build up a picture of the profiles and needs of Romania’s migrant community.

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