UNHCR Romania: Update on the refugee situation in Ukraine, 20 July 2022 – Romania

Attachments

Key figures:

77,999 refugees currently in Romania (as of July 18, 2022)

48,182 refugees registered for temporary protection (as of July 18, 2022)

10,653 refugees registered for UNHCR cash assistance (as of 20 July)

More than 27,673 refugees received information and advice in person or by telephone

11 blue dots operating in Romania with UNICEF

11,649 people helped to travel to Romania from Moldova through expedited transfers

FUNDING

US$147.4 million requested for the situation in Romania (AS OF JULY 5, 2022)

Operating Context

More than 1.56 million Ukrainian refugees have entered Romania since February 24 and around 78,000 are currently in the country, according to Romanian government data. UNHCR, in collaboration with UN agencies and NGOs, is supporting the government response through inter-agency coordination and a Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP) that aligns with priorities and government activities reflected in the National Plan of Measures for the Protection and Inclusion of Displaced Persons. People from Ukraine and beneficiaries of temporary protection in Romania. UNHCR in Romania responds to the needs of refugees through its field offices in Suceava (border with Ukraine), Iasi (border with Moldova) and Galati (border with Moldova and Ukraine), as well as in Bucharest

Strong points

UNHCR participated in the “Moldova Support Platform Ministerial Conference” held in Bucharest on 15 July and led the working group on the humanitarian situation of refugees. Strong support for the refugee cause was expressed by multiple stakeholders.
UNHCR and DSU conducted a joint capacity-building initiative on pitching tents that could be used for emergency shelter and other services. (Video).

On July 15, DSU and UNHCR facilitated the visit of the French Minister of Development, La Francophonie and International Partnerships, Mme.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou at RomExpo, UNHCR’s cash registration site. This site has become a one-stop shop for multiple services, including the issuance of Temporary Protection by the General Inspectorate for Migration, with the support of the EUAA. UNHCR and organizations present at the UNHCR site worked out the cash registration mechanism and the various services available to refugees, including legal advice from UNHCR’s partner CNRR, health care by WHO and counseling of the IOM on transport and accommodation.

UNHCR continues to support refugees with multipurpose cash assistance. So far, 10,653 people have been registered, of which more than 90% are women and children and 567 people with special needs (including 341 people with serious health problems and 123 people with disabilities). Money was transferred to over 9,000 refugees. More than 600 people were registered last week in five registration centers across Romania. Eligible refugees who register for cash assistance receive RON 568 (approximately US$120) per month for three months, equivalent to the amount granted to refugees by the Romanian government. UNHCR co-leads the cash working group where all national and international partners providing cash assistance agree on the same standards and complementary approaches.

UNHCR, with its partner CNRR, co-facilitated a workshop on asylum legal provisions organized in Predeal for 36 state and non-state actors. Discussions focused on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on asylum and the role of UNHCR in reviewing asylum decisions together with the General Inspectorate for Immigration through of a quality mechanism.

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