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August 18, 2022

Interior Minister: Romania, ready to take 40 Myanmar refugees

Romania is ready to take about 40 refugees from Myanmar, who will be given shelter at a Galati centre, Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said yesterday, in the opening of the UNHCR Working Group for Resettlement session in Timisoara. Blaga underlined that under a government decision in 2008, the country vowed to take in about 40 refugees every year, until this year. The refugees will benefit from permanent protection from the state, Blaga said, quoted by Mediafax.

He added that based on this decision and the “2009 quota,” 40 Myanmar refugees and seven refugees from Malta will be given shelter at the Galati National Office for Refugees.

“We will continue to identify other people who need help, from the 2010 quota. (…) We fulfill our obligations, even in an unfavourable economic context for our country,” Blaga said.

Also present at the session, PM Boc said Romania could give six-month shelter to up to 200 conflict zone refugees, in the Timisoara Emergency Transit Centre. “The Timisoara centre can offer temporary shelter to refugees who need immediate relocation from their asylum country, if they risk being deported to the country they fled or if they face inhuman conditions,” Boc said.

He thanked the United Nations’ Agency for Refugees, UNHCR, and the International Organisation for Migration for their support to the Timisoara centre. “I would also like to congratulate Minister Blaga for how he manages this centre and I believe that the Romanian administration, in partnership with international institutions, will be able to offer the necessary protection to those in need,” Boc said.

Yesterday’s session of the UNHCR Working Group for Resettlement, also attended by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Bogdan Aurescu, was the first to be held outside Geneva, as recognition of the Timisoara centre’s efforts. The Romanian city hosts the first institution in the world that can offer temporary shelter to refugees who need immediate evacuation from a certain state, until they are relocated to another country. The group’s meeting gathered 150 delegates from dozens of countries involved in refugee resettlement processes.

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