Addressing the Ukraine Refugee Crisis – Integration and Access to services

Type of Project – Urgent needs

April-June 2023

The integration of Ukrainian refugees in Romania is a challenge on many levels. On the one hand, access to services guaranteed by the temporary protection status is limited by the capacity and
responsiveness of public institutions. For example, access to a family doctor for Ukrainians with chronic illnesses and young children is necessary but difficult to obtain in practice. On the other hand, the instructions for accessing medical services, registration at various institutions is lacking for Ukrainian refugees. In the absence of clear procedures in Ukrainian, access to the rights they are offered is mostly theoretical.

EFOR aims to open the conversation on this issue with the institutions where we already have these
problems signaled. Even if this problem will be solved in the long term, we want to start this process as soon as possible for those who want to settle in Romania.  A strong need of the Ukrainian community is to feel that they belong and are respected in Romania. In this regard, we want to organize cultural activities at the initiative of Ukrainians helped by EFOR, where we invite Romanians. On both sides, we have a lot to learn about the culture of our neighbors and we are happy to facilitate this process.

Project activities

14th May 2023 Parents workshop – Facilitated by psychologist, Osipishyna Iuliia, Expert Forum Headquarters

Activities – Group Therapy, Child development from birth to 10 years, Q&A, Coffee Break

19th May 2023 – One day at the Art Theatre in Bucharest – Reunion of the Ukrainian Community in Bucharest

Main Events

  • Consultations with State Institutions and NGO’s
  • Workshop with State Institution Representatives
  • Q&A Between State Institution Representatives and the Ukrainian Community
  • Arts and Crafts Event for Ukrainian Children
  • Cultural Event for Ukrainians

Participants

-from the ANAIS Association, vice president Ms Giulia Crisan who addressed the topic of domestic violence, resources and solutions available to Ukrainian citizens;
– on behalf of the Bucharest City Hall, Mr Cătălin Zoican, General Director of the General Directorate for Emergency Situations;
– on behalf of the DSU, the Head of the Directorate for Decision Support, Mr Ionut Amzu
– representatives from DGAS
– Mr Ilia Hubernikov, Ukrainian community coordinator, whose help was essential in informing Ukrainians and representing their interests in dealing with the authorities.

In the second part of the event, we had the honor to attend several artistic representatives from the contemporary dance troupe from Nicolaev – Bead- , from Kathia Druz, and from Alina Vorokh from Odessa and her daughter.

Answers From Authorities – http://www.dsu.mai.gov.ro/clarificari-pentru-implementarea-noului-program-de-suport-pentru-cazare-si-integrare-ucraina/

Answers from Authorities FAQ – Відповіді органів влади

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Resources

Policy Brief – Mapping Problems in the Integration of Ukrainian Refugees 

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2023 – Noul Program de Asistenta pentru Ucraineni

2023 – Нова програма допомоги для українців

2023 – New Assistance Program for Ukrainians

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This event was produced with the financial support of the European Union and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Expert Forum and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation.


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