443 people have applied for international protection in Romania in the first half of this year
General Inspectorate for Immigration recorded in the first half of this year, a total of 443 asylum applications, about 40% less than in the first half of 2015, when 744 asylum applications were deposited and registered.
Most asylum seekers come from Syria – 154 representing approximately 35% of the total, Iraq – 69, Pakistan – 33, Afghanistan – 21.
Also, 430 applications for international protection were solved, in the administrative stage, and a form of protection was granted in 226 cases, of which 132 people received refugee status and 94 subsidiary protection, totaling an approval rate of about 53%.
In order to implement the EU decisions imposing interim measures in the field of international protection, a total of 68 people (families with minor children and young people) in need of international protection on the territory of Italy and Greece have been transferred from the two member states to Romania.
These persons arrived in our country on the basis of the decisions of accepting the resettlement in Romania after performing specific analysis and required security checks.
During the first semester, 148 foreigners with a form of protection were granted integration programs, actively participating in sessions of social and psychological counseling, cultural adaptation and orientation or Romanian language courses.
Complementary with the integration activities undertaken, starting with May, several NGOs implement projects with European financing for assistance and integration for vulnerable persons identified among foreigners with legal residence in Romania.
The activities are taking place within the regional integration centers where migrants can benefit from a wide range of integrated services and support, supporting their needs for counseling, information, education, access to social activities and leisure, participation on the employment market or relationship with local authorities.
Providing free access to the asylum procedure, respecting the principle of non-refoulement and the integration of foreigners remain our priority actions in the field of asylum, measures that contribute to increasing the safety of citizens in this context of migration.
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