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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today released its recommendations for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
“UNHCR calls on Romania to use its upcoming Presidency to mobilize the EU around the stronger and fairer response for forcibly displaced people that is at the heart of the Global Compact on Refugees. This includes demonstrating solidarity across the EU for refugees and countries hosting them,” said UNHCR’s Regional Representative for EU Affairs, Gonzalo Vargas Llosa.
People in need of protection still face substandard living conditions in Regional Centres for Procedures and Accommodation of Asylum Seekers in Bucharest and Giurgiu, Romania. 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.
Bucharest – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched an innovative partnership with Mastercard to support migrants and refugees in building a better life in Romania.
The collaboration between IOM and Mastercard will provide financial education for vulnerable groups and lead to the development of tailor-made financial products for migrants and refugees.
A project to bring children together through song is extended to include refugees.
By Helen Womack in Bucharest, Romania
Lina Jammal knew her son Sam was musical. When he was a small boy, he would jump up on the sofa and sing along with the celebrities on the radio or television, using a hairbrush as a microphone.
Now Sam and his sister Sara have joined a choir as part of a Romanian programme to integrate children from different backgrounds, including refugees, through singing.
About DTM´s Flow Monitoring Surveys
Analysis of respondents surveyed in Romania
• Demographic profile
• Journey to Europe
• Reasons for leaving and destination countries
About DTM`s Flow Monitoring Surveys
Acknowledgements & Methodology
This report was written by Felicia Nica with support from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Romania, and was edited by ECRE.
Advertised as a "tourist yacht" to Europe, spacious and loaded with food and water, it was in fact a stripped-down, rusty blue fishing boat lacking any supplies for two stormy days at sea. Almost 160 men, women, and children were crammed on board, sick and fearful as the boat rocked violently from side to side, its leaky hold taking on water.
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The number of arrivals to Romania by sea has increased over the past months, as indicated by several incidents of Coast Guard interception of boats travelling through the Black Sea.
Romania's coast guard has rescued more than 150 migrants from a troubled ship on the Black Sea in an operation highlighting an emerging route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe.
Coast guard deputy commander Cristian Cicu says the rusty ship was towed to the Black Sea port of Constanta, about 250 kilometers east of Bucharest, shortly before dawn on September 13.
An initial count showed 153 people on board the ship, including 53 children.
Rise in boats intercepted by Romanian coastguard fuels fears that smugglers are trying to reactivate dangerous transit passage to Europe
A dangerous new route for refugees trying to reach Europe is thought to have opened up in the Black Sea, which coastguards in Romania are warning could prove more deadly than the current Mediterranean crossings.