[28/04/2011] [Romania] [Academic paper/Research] [Romanian]
Posted by : Country Coordinator Romania
Authors : Soros Foundation Romania - Iris Alexe (coord.), ARPS- Bogdan Paunescu (coord.)
The Study on the immigration phenomenon in Romania. Aliens’ integration into the Romanian society was carried out by Soros Foundation Romania, in partnership with the Romanian Association for Health Promotion (ARPS). It presents the degree of knowledge about the immigration phenomenon in Romania, together with the support recommendations regarding the integration of the third country nationals, with legal right of residency in Romania.
The project is implemented and financed under the General Programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows” (ref: IF/09.01) of the European Union, managed in Romania by the Ministry of Administration and Interior through the Schengen Office as Responsible Authority and the Romanian Immigration Office, as Contracting Authority.
The “Study on the immigration phenomenon in Romania. Aliens’ integration into the Romanian society” was conducted in May 2010 and April 2011.
It includes four research components:
- Documentation with information and statistics about the immigration trends and its phenomenon in Romania, together with a review of the most relevant organisations for aliens’ integration.
- a quantitative and qualitative research regarding the perception of the Romanian population on third country nationals’ (TCNs). This part outlines the general perception on TCNs but also the changes that happened in five communities with a high number fo TCNs.
- a qualitative research among TCNs about their integration into the Romanian society, which presents six life stories (case study) of other foreign citizens.
- a qualitative research regarding information channels and methods on the TCNs' problems. This part is realised through 20 interviews with representatives of organisations implicated in the immigration phenomenon and 15 interviews with foreign citizens.
The documentation (1) recommends the reinforcement of public policies regarding TCNs' integration with respect for human rights.
Regarding public perception in Romania on the TCNs (2), the authors recommended to provide better information to the general population on immigration, by communicating the benefits that TCNs bring to society.
The 6 stories of foreign citizens (3) describe their integration process, though a documentation of the field reality. The authors recommend an early intervention of the organisations implicated in the management of immigration and starting the process at the arrival of TCNs in Romania.
The qualitative research about the identification of information methods (4) proposes, on the basis of the information obtained during interviews with institutions and TCNs: free Romanian language courses and an increase of foreigners information about this aspect, development of indicators to assess the implementation of integration policies and policy development aimed at vulnerable groups of foreigners.
Source : Soros Foundation Romania