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Strengthening consultation with the diplomatic missions of third countries

By improving relationships and cooperation with third country diplomatic missions, the Romanian authorities have improved processes for identifying non-EU nationals residing in Romania.

Project dates 20/12/2010 - 30/06/2011
Total budget€45 079
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectRomanian Immigration Office
FundRF
CountryRomania

Project Description

By organising meetings with representatives in diplomatic missions of third countries, this project boosted cooperation between the Romanian authorities and the embassies in certain non-EU countries with high migration potential. The diplomatic missions participating welcomed the project and its bilateral approach, which enabled a better dialogue with the Romanian authorities and helped facilitate the identification of non-EU nationals residing in Romania.

Benefits and results

As a result of the project, the Georgian authorities were recognised as key players in the migrant identification process. This is on account of Georgia’s geographical location and the country’s role in readmitting persons seeking to enter the EU.

Following increased bilateral cooperation with third country diplomatic missions within this project, the Romanian authorities identified shorter waiting times for the issue of travel documents, particularly to nationals of Georgia, Cameroon, Afghanistan, and Turkey.

This project has not only led to improved identification of non-EU nationals residing in Romania, but also to a more effective return process for these migrants due to the increased cooperation with the third countries. The closer relationship between the Romanian authorities and third country diplomatic missions has also benefitted the migrants – those who are subject to return measures have spent less time in custody due to quicker responses to requests for identification and the issuing of travel documents.

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