The conference “500 days of assistance for people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine” brought together the main actors in the field of migration.
The Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation together with Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives and the Center for Public Innovation organized the national conference “500 days of assistance to people displaced by conflict in Ukraine”, on July 31st, 2023.
The event took place online through the Microsoft Teams platform and was a good opportunity to mark the end of the project CDMiR: A shared vision for the integration of migrants and refugees in Romania through the presentation of the results obtained in the 2 years of implementation.
The national conference benefited from the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Department for Emergency Situations, the General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Romania, the International Organization for Migration Romania (IOM), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and NGOs with extensive experience in the field of migration and integration of foreigners.
Bringing together the main actors active in the field of migration, the conference represented an opportunity to present the activities undertaken by civil society and to have a dialogue with the main public authorities responsible for managing migratory flows in Romania. Thus, the participants debated on the recent legislative changes regarding the migration and integration of foreigners in Romania and discussed the medium and long-term migration strategy. The topics of interest were the legal protection mechanisms for displaced persons from Ukraine and the emergency humanitarian response of the state, civil society and the support of international organizations regarding the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the importance of integrating Ukrainian refugee children into the Romanian educational system.
The project CDMiR: A common vision for migrant and refugee integration in Romania is implemented by the Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation in partnership with the Center for Public Innovation and Novapolis Association – Center of Analysis and Development Initiatives, with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The duration of the project is 28 months, being implemented between April 1st, 2021 – July 31st, 2023.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the advocacy and communication capacity, representativeness and sustainability of the Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees – CDMiR, in order to develop and support a favourable framework and a common vision for the integration of immigrants and refugees in Romania.
CDMiR brings together 23 non-governmental organizations and it represents the only Coalition of Romanian civil society organisations active in the field of migration, asylum, and integration.
For more information, please contact Ms. Alexe Narcisa, Communication and events Expert, Novapolis Association, e-mail: email@example.com, tel. 0766.304.610.
About Active Citizens Fund Romania
***The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The programme is administered by a consortium composed of Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO – Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants. The objectives of the Active Citizens Fund Romania are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of 46,000,000 euro, the programme pursues a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. For more information about the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please go to www.activecitizensfund.ro. For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, go to www.eeagrants.org.
The Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees (CDMiR) was established in early 2017, initially bringing together a number of 11 non-governmental organizations with experience in the field of migration, anti-discrimination, human rights and public policy.
To date, it is the only Coalition of Romanian civil society active in the field of migration, asylum and integration.
In the first three years of activity, the number of member organizations of the coalition doubled, reaching CDMiR to include 23 NGOs from all regions of Romania, as well as 5 supporters from academia and international organizations. CDMiR members cover a wide range of areas of expertise, including research, advocacy, material, legal and medical assistance, cultural guidance and dialogue.
About the promotor & partners
The Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 and with the status of a public utility organization since 2003. CNRR’s mission is to promote and defend by all legal means human rights in general and the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in special.
The Center for Public Innovation Association is a non-governmental organization legally registered in 2014 with the mission to build an open society in which transparent institutions provide access to information in open formats, decide together with and in the interest of those they represent, guaranteeing equal rights for all people, and citizens are aware of what is happening around them.
The Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives aims to contribute to a democratic, inclusive and diverse society that is economically and socially balanced, capable to respond to everyone’s needs. Its mission is to uphold and promote democratic values, models and interventions for the development of a society based on freedom, responsibility and respect.
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