The project “Assistance and Services to Refugees at the Emergency Transit Center in Romania” is carried out by the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and represents the temporary relocation solution in the Emergency Transit Center (ETC), for refugees-at-risk in need of emergency resettlement and temporary protection pending onward resettlement to a third country.
Resettlement countries face access obstacles in some countries of first asylum to process resettlement submissions. The ETC provides the possibility to overcome these obstacles through the evacuation of refugees in urgent need of resettlement, that otherwise would not be processed by resettlement countries. It also provides the opportunity of fast evacuation of refugees that require emergency resettlement owing to acute protection needs. Resettlement countries and UNHCR facilitate onward resettlement to all refugees evacuated at the ETC, including identification of alternative solutions for protracted cases.
Refugees often arrive in Timisoara without any basic, domestic and/or clothing items. Some with health conditions that require constant assistance and/or specialised health care. The transit nature of these refugees, especially if prolonged, creates additional delays in accessing formal education. A lot of these refugees lack or miss on basic education or vocational opportunities if otherwise stranded in the first country of asylum without middle to long term durable solutions prospects. Refugees’ prolonged uncertainty, as well as the communal accommodation arrangements, coupled with their past traumas, trigger a high risk of psychological downfall and lack of social skills. A large number of refugees insofar evacuated include children, elderly refugees and other people with specific needs. The ETC Timisoara is established within the premises of the Romanian Government Regional Centre for Accommodation and Asylum Procedures Timisoara, with 200 places available in separate 10-bed dormitories for men and women. Evacuated refugees come under special legal provisions, which do not entitle them to Government subsistence allowance and do not allow for movement outside the ETC, unless accompanied by AIDRom Personnel.
During their stay at the ETC, UNHCR and its Partner will ensure all refugees have dignified access to basic needs and essential services in an AGD manner, with special attention to people with specific needs, such as SGBV survivors, mentally/physically challenged, elderly, single mothers HoH, denied cases, etc. and jointly develop a complex approach in order to pursue community mobilization, encouraging refugees to take charge and preparing them for life in the resettlement country.