a member of the Romanian Interior Ministry (MAI) troops checks a tent camp prepared for migrants |  Photo/Archive/EPA/SEBASTIAN TATARU
a member of the Romanian Interior Ministry (MAI) troops checks a tent camp prepared for migrants | Photo/Archive/EPA/SEBASTIAN TATARU

A draft amendment to Romania's current law on migrant integration could "improve the integration process" for refugees and protection holders present in the country, according to the Asylum Information Database (AIDA).

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) said a draft amendment to the current law on migration integration in Romania "has the potential to improve the integration process for persons granted international protection" in the country. 


The proposal, published on 4 December 2017 and revised on 7 February 2018 after the public debate on the draft law, provides for prolonging the duration of integration programmes and financial assistance and for providing a new form of housing for protection holders in Romania. 

Increased times for the programme 

The draft is an amendment to the Romanian Integration Ordinance N. 44/2004. The proposal would lengthen the duration of integration programmes for protection holders from six months to 12 months. Non-refundable financial aid would also be given for a period of 12 months instead of six months. 

AIDA said the draft also gives international protection holders who participate in integration programmes and have no financial means the right to stay in regional centres or in other facilities managed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a general period of 12 months instead of six months. According to the explanatory memorandum to the bill, this amendment aims to address a series of obstacles faced by beneficiaries in finding a suitable home after being granted status. 

A new form of housing 

AIDA said the bill also prescribes additional housing possibilities because occupancy at the country's regional centres is over 100 percent and the number of arrivals is on the rise. Article 21 of the Ordinance would be amended with the introduction of a new form of housing. "In case the local authorities cannot provide housing or accommodation cannot be provided in one of the regional centres or other facilities managed by Ministry of Internal Affairs, IGI-DAI may grant beneficiaries of international protection an accommodation allowance for the purpose of renting a private house or state housing, within the limits of the available funds. 

The accommodation allowance covers the rental fees and related monthly utilities," AIDA said.
 

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