A member of the Romanian Interior Ministry (MAI) troops at the new tent camp for refugees near Lunga village, 550 kilometers west from Bucharest, Romania.PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/SEBASTIAN TATARU
A member of the Romanian Interior Ministry (MAI) troops at the new tent camp for refugees near Lunga village, 550 kilometers west from Bucharest, Romania.PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/SEBASTIAN TATARU

The Asylum Information Database (Aida) has raised concerns about persistent substandard living conditions in reception centres for asylum seekers in Romania.

People in need of protection "continue to face substandard living conditions" in Regional Centres for Procedures and Accommodation of Asylum Seekers in Bucharest and Giurgiu, Romania, the Asylum Information Database (Aida) has said. A recent set of fact-finding visits conducted between 18 and 22 June 2018 looked at conditions prevailing in the two centres, as well as the situation in the Otopeni Public Custody Centre. 


Poor conditions in Giurgiu and Bucarest 

Aisa reports in a statement that "sanitary facilities in the Regional Centre Giurgiu remain in poor state, with showers in insalubrious condition, despite having been recently sanitized". Substandard living conditions were already a matter of concern in 2017. As for the Regional Centre Bucharest, the outdoor playground was found to be in bad condition, with toys near the playground thrown across the floor and old steel bed frames with growing grass left near the playground, thereby posing a safety risk for children. 

Moreover, the courtyard in Giurgiu is a small space surrounded by a fence and thereby remains inaccessible. Conversely, the overall condition of the Otopeni Public Custody Centre was found to be satisfactory. 

Guarantees for children remain a challenge 

Aida also says that provisions and guarantees for children remain a challenge in practice. No child living in Giurgiu has reportedly enrolled at school for the past three years and the new-born baby of a family of protection status holders in Bucharest was not granted the financial assistance of 700 RON / 150 euros provided to beneficiaries of international protection by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). (The picture shows).
 

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