Press Release

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ICAR Foundation, in partnership with Novapolis Association – Center of Analysis and Initiatives for Development implemented, between January to June 2013, the project „Integration of third-country nationals (TCNs) with legal stay in Romania through Education and Healthcare”.

The project was funded under the European Integration Fund for Third-Country Nationals, within the General Program “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows” (ref: IF/11.02/02.02) of the European Union, managed in Romania by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the General Directorate for European Affairs and International Relations as Responsible Authority and the General Inspectorate for Immigration as Contractor Authority.

The purpose the project was to ensure the social inclusion of the third-country nationals with legal stay in Romania by providing a diverse range of educational and healthcare services, focusing mainly on migrant children and youth and, secondly, on the adults TCNs, from the region with a maximum immigrants’ agglomeration, Bucharest-Ilfov.

Direct beneficiaries of the project were the third-country nationals with legal stay on the Romanian territory,especially, the immigrants living in the Bucharest-Ilfov region.

Results of the project:

  • 400 fliers (in Romanian and English) and 50 posters, informational and promotion materials were elaborated and disseminated to recruit and inform the target group about the services provided within the project.

  • 50 school units from Bucharest-Ilfov were approached and received project’s information materials.

  • Mapping the situation of the third-country children in the educational public and private sector in Bucharest-Ilfov region.

  • 10 educational facilities with a significant number of migrant children from Bucurest-Ilfov benefited of general training sessions about immigration and integration of foreigners, diversity, interculturality, anti-discrimination and how to build a Romanian society open and welcoming to immigrants.

  • 220 persons out of which 102 third-country children participated to the general training sessions in schools.

  • 30 third-country children benefited of educational extra-curricular activities provided by a team of pedagogues and psychologists. The children who attended these activities raised their self-esteem, increased their school performance, as well as their abilities to relate to other children and work as a team.

  • 1 Guide of good practices in working with pre-school and school migrant children elaborated and disseminated to promote innovative educational interventions for migrant children.

  • 85 minors and adults, TCNs with legal stay in Romania benefited of culturally adapted medical services: 3 healthcare and prophylaxis education sessions, 374 investigations (specialized type and general/ family medicine), 153 medical treatments, investigations and testing.

  • 1 final event to mark the ending of the project to diseminate and facilitate multiplication of the project’s results

  • 150 brochures with the project’s results (Romanian and English) disseminated to ensure the visibility and promotion of the project’s activities and its results.

For additional information, please, contact:

Iuliana Florea, Project Manager ICAR Foundation, tel. 0770 951 697, iuliana@icarfoundation.ro

Iris Alexe, Project Responsible Novapolis Association, tel. 0725 259 919, asociatianovapolis@gmail.com

ICAR Foundation is a non-governmental organization that for over 20 years has been providing specialized assistance (medical, psychological, social, legal) for vulnerable persons, Romanian nationals or foreigners (asylum seekers, refugees, migrants). ICAR Foundation’s multidisciplinary team comprises specialists with extensive training and experience in working with traumatized persons, in offering culturally adapted services to both adults and children.

Novapolis Association – Center of Analysis and Initiatives for Development is a non-governmental organization specialized in projects’ implementation in the social field, immigration and integration of foreigners in Romania, labour migration and European workforce mobility, education and promotion of democratic values. In these fields, Novapolis Association, through its members, has developed technical expertise in research, communication and public relations, project management, education and training, involve in projects regarding social inclusion of migrants.

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Integration is a long-term process based not only on immigrants’ sustained efforts after their arrival in the destination country but especially on the openness, respect and support of the native population and national local and central authorities, towards the newly-arrived TCNs.

At 31.12.2012,the General Inspectorate for Immigration statistical data indicate a total number of 55823 third-country nationals with legal stay in Romania, out of these 44992 with temporary stay and 10831with permanent stay. Regarding their purpose of stay, the foreigners with temporary stay in Romania are: 19763 family members of a Romanian citizen, 8794 came to Romania to study and 5124 migrated to work. Most foreigners with temporary stay in Romania originate from: Moldova (13254), Turkey (8935) and China (6902).

In Bucharest-Iflov region we find almost half of the total number of third-country nationals in Romania, at the end of 2012 23470 TCNs, out of which 3299 minors.

ICAR project closing statement

Novapolis presentation

ICAR results

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