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Government: Working groups for protection of Ukrainian refugees who choose to remain in Romania to be set up

Six working groups will be organised at the Government level to deal with the problems of Ukrainian refugees who choose to remain in Romania.

State Councilor Madalina Turza announced on Saturday, at the end of the meeting of the task force for managing the situation in Ukraine, that these working groups will be set up to come up with a consolidated answer to the problem of refugees who choose to stay in Romania.

“At the Government level, there is the Ukraine Committee or Task Force 2, coordinated by the head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery Mircea Abrudean, and there is also a strategic coordination group for humanitarian assistance. This government-level task force includes the main ministries responsible for managing the refugee situation, namely the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Family, the Ministry of Development and Public Works, and other ministries, but for this development phase of the protection measures, these ministries will organize six working groups, focused on or aimed at the sensitive areas, in relation to which Romania must come with a consolidated response for the protection of refugees who choose to stay in Romania, namely a working group on health, a working group on education, a working group that will manage the problem of employment or access to the labor market for refugees, a working group for housing issues, because these people will need concrete solutions in the medium and long term, because they can’t stay for long in tents or centers,” Madalina Turza told a conference at Victoria Palace of Government.

Also, a working group will be set up intended for vulnerable people, people with disabilities, the elderly, people in different situations of vulnerability, and a “special” group will address measures for children and young people.

 

Proactive, inclusion and protective measures for the children of Ukrainian refugees

 

State Councilor Madalina Turza also announced on Saturday, at the end of the meeting of the task force on the management of the situation generated by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, that in the second phase of development of protection measures, the Romanian Government has in view the adoption of proactive, inclusion and protective measures for the children of Ukrainian refugees.

“In the working group on education, which includes experts on education, UNHCR, NGOs with expertise in the field, those proactive, inclusion measures will be created, including a discussion on a curriculum adapted to the needs of Ukrainian children, about learning tools in their language, about native Ukrainian language teachers. It is a set of active measures that have the role of effectively generating inclusion, because, as I was telling you, it is not enough just to give them formal access. And practically, in every field – whether we are talking about education, health, housing – we come up with those measures that will bring quality to Ukrainian refugees, and we must not hide the fact that it is an opportunity that, as a result of this effort of solidarity between public, international resources and those of the civil society, we will end up with an increase in the quality of our services as a whole, in relation to vulnerable groups,” Madalina Turza told a conference press at Victoria Palace of Government.

She said that the estimated deadline for finalizing the National Response Plan – Phase II is in early April.

“We have an estimated deadline for finalizing the National Response Plan – Phase II in early April, with the implementation to begin, of course, immediately after that. At this point, you should be aware that we have come up with this Phase II before the emergency phase is concluded. We have not finished yet, we are concluding the emergency response and we are preparing the next stage. We are not talking about a wave of children who have enrolled in Romanian schools and that is precisely why we want to make sure when they’re ready, because there are some traumas involved, after a child has traveled across the border, walked hundreds of miles, it’s unlikely that the next day they will go to school. And then, in order to prepare for that moment, we come up with these measures,” said the state councilor.

Referring to the unaccompanied children, Madalina Turza emphasized that they are under a form of protection, with the support of the General Directorates for Social Assistance and Child Protection.

“Unaccompanied children, whether we are talking about those who have arrived in the country with second- or third-degree relatives or acquaintances and friends, but also those who come from the protection system in Ukraine, are managed by the Ministry of Family, through the Child Protection Authority. However, in general, all these children have entered a form of protection, with the support of the General Directorates for Social Assistance and Child Protection, where they receive all age-appropriate care services, until the status of the child is clarified. There are children who are waiting for their parents or one of their parents to arrive in Romania or there are children who have relatives or parents in Western Europe and for whom communication channels are being sought so that they can get to their parents,” state councilor Madalina Turza explained, according to Agerpres.

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