The Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives together with the Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation and the Center for Public Innovation organized the ‘Gender and Migration’ Conference held within the CDMiR project: A common vision for the integration of migrants and refugees in Romania, on 22 June, 2023.
The event brought together among the speakers the main actors active in the field of migration and equal opportunities and gender: the National Agency for Equal Opportunities, the General Inspectorate for Immigration, the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Romania, the International Organization for Migration Romania, the Quality of Life Research Institute, the Center for the Comparative Study of Migration Cluj, the General Union of Industrialists from Romania, Terre des Hommes, the ROUA Center Constanța Novapolis, the ICAR Foundation and the Bud’s Flower Association. At the same time, at the “Gender and migration” conference, a number of institutions and public authorities, as well as non-governmental organizations with extensive experience in managing the migration phenomenon, were among the participants.
They discussed about the situation of migrants in Romania, the actions and interventions aimed at supporting refugee women and the role of the institutions, social partners and civil society in ensuring the rights and protection of migrant women. At the same time, studies, research reports and the challenges faced by foreigners arriving or settling in Romania were presented, providing solutions, examples of good practice and success stories regarding integration into Romanian society.
A topic of interest was the crisis in Ukraine and the impact on Romanian migratory flows, taking into account that in 2023, an exponential increase in asylum applications was observed, and the number of people that received temporary protection reached the threshold of 136,000, among them encountering women and unaccompanied minors, vulnerable or at-risk persons.
The conference also called for solidarity and support in the context of the recent celebration, on June 20, of World Refugee Day, campaigning for a society where people can live without constraints, threats or fear of being who they are.
The project CDMiR: A common vision for migrant and refugee integration in Romania is implemented by the Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation in partnership with the Center for Public Innovation and Novapolis Association – Center of Analysis and Development Initiatives, with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The duration of the project is 27 months, being implemented between April 1st, 2021 – June 30th, 2023.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the advocacy and communication capacity, representativeness and sustainability of the Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees – CDMiR, in order to develop and support a favourable framework and a common vision for the integration of immigrants and refugees in Romania.
CDMiR brings together 23 non-governmental organizations and it represents the only Coalition of Romanian civil society organisations active in the field of migration, asylum and integration.
For more information, please contact Ms. Alexe Narcisa, Communication and events Expert, Novapolis Association, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 0766.304.610.
About Active Citizens Fund Romania
***The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The programme is administered by a consortium composed of Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO – Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants. The objectives of the Active Citizens Fund Romania are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of 46,000,000 euro, the programme pursues a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. For more information about the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please go to www.activecitizensfund.ro. For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, go to www.eeagrants.org.
The Coalition for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees (CDMiR) was established in early 2017, initially bringing together a number of 11 non-governmental organizations with experience in the field of migration, anti-discrimination, human rights and public policy.
To date, it is the only Coalition of Romanian civil society active in the field of migration, asylum and integration.
In the first three years of activity, the number of member organizations of the coalition doubled, reaching CDMiR to include 23 NGOs from all regions of Romania, as well as 5 supporters from academia and international organizations. CDMiR members cover a wide range of areas of expertise, including research, advocacy, material, legal and medical assistance, cultural guidance and dialogue.
About the promotor & partners
The Romanian National Council for Refugees Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 and with the status of a public utility organization since 2003. CNRR’s mission is to promote and defend by all legal means human rights in general and the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in special.
The Center for Public Innovation Association is a non-governmental organization legally registered in 2014 with the mission to build an open society in which transparent institutions provide access to information in open formats, decide together with and in the interest of those they represent, guaranteeing equal rights for all people, and citizens are aware of what is happening around them.
The Novapolis Association – Center for Analysis and Development Initiatives aims to contribute to a democratic, inclusive and diverse society that is economically and socially balanced, capable to respond to everyone’s needs. Its mission is to uphold and promote democratic values, models and interventions for the development of a society based on freedom, responsibility and respect.
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