Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Agreement between Romania, the UNHCR and the IOM on resettlement (2008)

Legal and administrative framework

Abstract

The Agreement between the Government of Romania, the the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration regarding Temporary Evacuation to Romania of Persons in Urgent Need of International Protection and their Onward Resettlement. The Agreement was ratified by the Law  no. 291 of 14 November 2008, signed in Bucharest on 8 May 2008 (published in Official Journal no. 777 of 20 November 2008).

The Agreement established an Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Timisoara. The ETC, the first of its kind in Europe, hosts refugees in urgent need of evacuation from their first asylum countries due to life threatening conditions. The refugees are hosted for a maximum period of 6 months, during which they are resettled to third countries.

Under the Agreement, the UNHCR is the one that covers all the costs resulting from the presence in Romania, including in the ETC, of the persons covered by the Agreement. The Ministry of Interior, through the Romanian Office of Immigration, provides the UNHCR (free of charge) accommodation spaces necessary for the persons covered by this Agreement and workspaces necessary to the UNHCR, its partners and the IOM.

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Agreement between the Government of Romania, the UNHCR and the IOM Regarding Temporary Evacuation to Romania of Persons in Urgent Need of International Protection and their Onward Resettlement (2008) in English