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May 17, 2021

Presidential adviser Orban: Some 1,700 refugees are expected in Romania in November

The first immigrants Romania has pledged to take over upon the request of the European Union are expected in the country in November, Leonard Orban, adviser on European policies to President Klaus Iohannis, told Europa FM private radio broadcaster on Tuesday.

He said that little over 1,700 refugees will arrive in Romania, but they will come in stages to six reception centres available and they will be checked. The ones who do not have a right to asylum will not be allowed to stay in Romania, said Orban.

“The six centres where the immigrants will go are located in Bucharest City, Giurgiu, Galati, Somcuta Mare, Radauti and Timisoara. The immigrants will get water, food, housing and consular assistance, with Romania to receive 6,000 euros for each person from the EU. The centres operate as open access centres,” Orban explained.

He added that as far as he is concerned, Romania is not ready to receive immigrants, but it will do in order to display solidarity with other European Union member states that take over much more people.

Orban recommended the Romanian Government to come up with a plan to receive more immigrants in the long term.

“The offering was made by the Romanian Government as follows: 1,705 migrants under the intra-EU relocation mechanism, which is taking over 1,705 people from other member states, more precisely Greece and Italy, for two years starting in November 2015. Then, there will be 80 people under the extra-EU relocation mechanisms, meaning from refugee camps, also for two years. In all, the offering of the Romanian Government is for 1,785 people. (….) On a personal note, I say Romania is fully unprepared to integrate migrants. (…) When I was a European commissioner I visited very many countries and saw the existing problems with integrating migrants from the difficulties of adults in finding a job and learning the language of the host country – to the difficulties of children with fitting in the school systems. (…) I believe that very serious expert discussions are needed in Romania – leaving aside this say explosive context in Europe – to establish how to prepare for migrant integration. It is ridiculous to believe that in an open Europe no migrants will come to you sooner or later, that increasingly more foreigners, not necessarily from Asia, will not settle in your country, and they will come and you will have integration issues,” said Orban

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