After more than a year of hard work and thorough preparations on behalf of many national and international actors, 40 Iraqi refugees, comprising 22 adults and 18 children, were resettled from Turkey to Romania on 29 May 2014. They will be hosted in Bucharest and Timisoara, where they will receive assistance from the General Inspectorate for Immigration for one year to assist in their integration into Romanian society.
Iraqi’s constitute one of the largest groups of refugees in Turkey in need of a durable solution, and represent the second resettlement intake for Romania following the arrival of Kachin refugees in 2010. This group will follow, as a first step, the reception procedures regarding registration, medical checks and the issuance of the Romanian residency permit. Following this, they will benefit from an integration programme that will provide them with Romanian language classes, cultural orientation sessions, as well as support and counseling so that they can learn how to access and exercise their rights in Romania.
The resettlement of these Iraqi refugees was organized by the General Inspectorate for Immigration in cooperation with IOM, who managed their exit and transportation from Turkey to Romania. The costs related to these activities were allocated by the EU through the European Refugee Fund.
This article, and translation of the Romanian Inspectorate for Immigration press release was prepared by Irina Mihălcuţ, ERN Focal Point in Romania.