1. Outdoor Games and Lecture for Refugee Children

Date: 03.09.2019
Location: “Padurice” Park – Timisoara

4 refugee children from Gambia, Afganistan and Irak, with another 4 from Romanian community, took part at activities and competition games in a park from Timisoara.
A game with letters was played, in teams, with the task of making as many words they could from the letters received. A story was read to the children and they discussed upon the characters in the story. Finally, the kids played in the park together with other children.

2. Road Education for Refugee Children from Timisoara

 

Date: 10.09.2019
Location: AIDRom Timisoara

The children who took part at the activity organized at AIDRom Timisoara were informed, in a form of a competition with prizes, about the road signs and the information needed for children when they are on the street.

3. Excursion at Historical Objectives in Arad County

 

Date: 12.09.2019
Location: Lipova, Ghioroc, Arad County

13 migrants took part in a 1 –  day excursion, where they visited historical objectives from Arad County: “Soimos” Fortress (historically attested in 1400), “Maria Radna” Catholic Monastery (erected year 1520), “Ghioroc” Lake – known as the seaside of West Romania and Arad County – known as Little Wien. It was discussed about history and geography of Romania, as well as traditions and customs of the visited places. The event was organized by social pedagogue Ilioni-Loga Flavius and intercultural mediator Mr. Alshahnazi Karwan.

4. Cooking Workshop “International Gastronomy”

 

Date: 14 – 15.09.2019
Location: Muzeul Satului Banatean – Plai Festival

Answering the invitation of PLAI Association, an international cooking workshop was organized, at the PLAI Festival Timisoara, placed at Banat Village Museum. The second day workshops included 2 cooks, beneficiaries of international protection, from Syria and Afghanistan. Traditional food was cooked, alongside with Romanian citizens which learned about traditional Arabic food but also about the phenomenon of forced migration in Timisoara. Social pedagogue Flavius Ilioni Loga presented statistics about refugees who live in Romania and answered to specific questions. Participants cooked and served the food together.

5.  Event about dissemination of information on the phenomen of migration in Resita

 

Date: 18.06.2019
Location: “Book sign” Bookstore

Within the project: “Integration ACUM II”, an information dissemination event on the phenomenon of migration was organized for 28 students from within: the Economic College of Banat Montan, from Resita. The presentation had the following chapters:

1) Ice-breaking: “What would you take with you”?
2) Who are refugees?
3) Girls of the refugees from Timisoara
4) Conclusions, about non-discrimination
5) Questions & Answers.

The event was attended by representatives of the ”Bookmark” bookstore, representatives of the Institute of the Prefect of Caras-Severin, representatives of the National Agency Against Trafficking of Persons.

6. Cultural Accommodation Course for 4 refugees from Syria

 

Date: 22.09.2019
Location: Regional Integration Center AIDRom Timisoara

Refugees who settle in Romania participate in a course that includes 11 lessons on culture, history, geography and social norms in Romania. The course in Timisoara is organized by Flavius ​​Ilioni Loga, within the Regional Centre of Integration AIDRom Timisoara.

7. Visit at The Art Museum

 

Date: 10.10.2019
Location: Timisoara – Museum of Art

The participants visited the Art Museum of Timisoara, where they watched all the present exhibitions but especially the exhibition: “Presence, Essence, Identity” by Magdalena Abakanowicz. The exhibition presented an impressive selection of works from all stages of the artist’s creation, from the early 1970s to the late 2000s. One of the most important artists in the world art scene, Magdalena Abakanowicz has gained international recognition in the 1960s. , through his extremely unusual experiments at that, time, giant textile fiber sculptures, generically entitled Abakans. These fluid structures, woven from organic materials, significantly expanded the traditional meaning of the sculpture, transforming the flat surface of a tapestry into a dynamic form organized into space, which triggers complex visual and tactile experiences. The beneficiaries were interested in exhibits, being encouraged to formulate their own interpretations towards art.

8. “West Meets East” Concert

 

Date: 15.10.2019
Location: Banat Timisoara Philharmonic

Concert event: “West Meets East”, brought together the artists Udhai Mazumdar, Rohan Dasgupta and Bhaskar Das, together with the French violinist Gilles Apap, spectacular and creative musician, famous worldwide, who explored the deep connection between classical music of India and the Romanian one. The participating beneficiaries had the opportunity to listen to compositions by Ravi Shankar, from the famous Grammy Award-winning albums in 1968. Transylvanian music was presented through variations for violin and Indian instruments made by Ravi Shankar’s student Udhai Mazumdar. Along with the classical music of India, the concert included compositions by Béla Bartók and George Enescu.

9. Intercultural evening: “Autumn Traditions”

 

Date: 19.09.2019
Location: Regional Integration Center Aidrom Timisoara

According to the tradition of over 6 years, here at AIDRom Timisoara, it was organized at the beginning of autumn, an intercultural evening regarding the autumn traditions in Romania. During the event was disseminated 2 Romanian customs: picking up the grapes from the vineyard (Culesul Viei) and “Ruga Satului”. Images with these 2 traditions were presented to the participants and they discussed together differences and similarities between the participating cultures. During the evening there was also an international music recital, held by Mr. Zaher Al Ani, a beneficiary of international protection in Iraq with his musical band. After the event participants were able to taste traditional Romanian and Arabic food cooked by the beneficiaries of the project and the project team. The event was also attended by Mrs. Catalina Niculescu, project manager.

10. Intercultural Evening with Romanian Traditions and Food

 

Date: 06.11.2019
Location:  Regional Integration Centre AIDRom Timisoara

The event aimed to accommodate the foreign beneficiaries within the project, with the Romanian traditions and society. During the meeting, a music group led by Lisa Lazarov, a Medicine student, originally from Germany, along with other migrant musicians (Italy, India, Germany) participated. They held a recital of contemporary music. During the meeting, a presentation was made regarding Romanian geography, Romanian poetry and the form of government in Romania, in the form of a competition with prizes. Traditional Romanian food was cooked, and an Arabic restaurant (Miral Timisoara) donated traditional Arabic food. The event was attended by 23 migrants, the local team Regional Centre of Integration AIDRom Timisoara and representatives of the local community from Timisoara (volunteers, neighborhood, musicians).

11. Watch Artistic Film: “Norm from the North Pole”

 

Date: 14.11.2019
Location: Cinema City – Iulius Mall Timisoara

The participating beneficiaries were invited to a recreational activity: to watch a cartoon film: “Norm from the North Pole”.

12. Handmade Workshop with Autumn Specific

Date: 27.11.2019
Location: Regional Integration Centre Aidrom Timisoara

The creative workshop attended by 5 beneficiaries of protection but also representatives of the local community, was organized together with 1 volunteer from Germany: Inken Jessen. During the meeting, the participants made a crown from autumn leaves and an elf of apples and leaves. After the workshop, a participating beneficiary served the participants with a cake originally from Syria specially cooked for this event.

13. Handmade Christmas Workshop

 

Date: 11.12.2019
Location: Regional Integration Centre AIDRom Timisoara

The participating beneficiaries had the opportunity to paint Christmas decorations, molded plaster shapes, to draw Christmas themed drawings and to discuss the Christmas traditions with Romanians. The event was attended by 5 BP (beneficiaries of international protection) beneficiaries from Iraq and Syria but also members of the local community.

14. Christmas for Migrants editia 8 / 2019

 

Date: 19.12.2019
Location: Regional Integration Centre AIDRom Timisoara

The 8th edition of the cultural and accommodation event, Christmas for Migrants, took place at the headquarters of the Regional Integration Center of AIDRom Timisoara. The thematic meetings for winter holidays were launched in 2012, with the purpose of presenting the Christmas traditions of the Romanians, but also to bring the local community together with refugees and migrants. During the meeting, a contemporary Christmas music session was held, along with Joel Benson, a local musician who has been supporting AIDRom projects for many years and who holds voluntary music concerts for AIDRom. Also, traditional carols were performed in Romanian language, performed by the volunteers: Simona Ilioni Loga and Andreea Iuliabo from Timisoara. During the event there were 2 presentations of cultural accommodation:

  • 30 years since the Romanian Revolution: the history of the Romanian Revolution, started in December 1989, was presented in Timisoara. Discussions were held on the similarity between the popular uprising in Romania and the events in Syria and Iraq. A documentary film on the 30 years since the Romanian Revolution was designed
  • 4 Traditions in Romanians for the Winter Holidays. Participants were able to find out how the Romanians celebrate Christmas and what means the Christmas tree, but also what carols mean. Finally, there were presented the traditions of the New Year and the “Plugusorul” (specific Romanian carol, sung on the 1st of January, with the occasion of the New Year) .

During the meeting, as every year, were given to the migrant children, gifts received from the organization ShoeBox Romania. Also the refugee families were encouraged to cook traditional Arabic food but Romanian food was also cooked, at the end of the meeting the participants were encouraged to taste the dishes. Other members of the Regional Centre for Integration AIDRom Timisoara team participated in the event.

15. Participation at: “Advocacy Seminar Snapshots from the Borders” Workshop Bucharest

 

Date: 03.10.2019
Location: Bucharest

During the meeting organized by the: “Novapolis” Association and the Center for Public Innovation in Romania, the social pedagogue, Ilioni Loga presented the importance of cultural accommodation activities, offered within the AIDRom Timisoara Regional Centre of Integration in the process of integrating refugees from Romania and the project activities.

16. Pizza cooking workshop for refugee children from Timisoara

 

Date: 26.09.2019
Location: Regional Integration Centre AIDRom Timisoara

Along with volunteers, the refugee children from Timisoara together with other children from the host community, prepared the ingredients and sat on the dough to cook pizza. Prior to the training, the public was informed about the history of the famous Italian recipe. Cooking workshops are held frequently at the Regional Centre of Integration AIDRom Timisoara due to the interest of children for cooking. Working together and developing their individual dexterity but also the ability to work as a team, a culinary activity becomes an important educational activity for children.

Integration project launch conference: “ACUM II – FAMI 19.01.04 (05)”

Tuesday, 15.10.2019, the “Oradea Philanthropy” Association organized in the Community space belonging to the Oradea Community Foundation the launching conference of the project: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants”, reference number FAMI 19.01.04 (05), project funded by The European Union and the General Inspectorate for Immigration, through the National Program – Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. During this event, representatives from different institutions, organizations, as well as representatives from migrants participated, a total number of 43 people. Among those present: representatives of the Bihor Immigration Service, AIDRom, the Bihor Prefect Institution, Bihor County School Inspectorate, University of Oradea, DSP Bihor, ITPF Oradea, AJOFM Bihor, DAS Oradea, AJPIS Bihor, Adasco Biș, Adasco Mi , ADLO, ITM Bihor. The launching conference began with an opening speech by the president of the Oradea Philanthropy Association and the manager of the Regional Integration Center (CRI) Oradea, followed by the presentation of the participants (a name tour), to facilitate communication and collaboration between those present. The project manager, Niculescu Catalina presented the objectives, activities and indicators of the project.

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 Integration project launch conference: “ACUM II – FAMI 19.01.04 (05)”

Monday, October 14, 2019, the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, in partnership with:

ORADEA PHILANTROPY ASSOCIATION

INSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF TIMIȘ COUNTY

INSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY

organized at the headquarters of the Institution of the Prefect of Timis County, the launching conference of the project: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants”, reference number FAMI 19.01.04 (05), project funded by the European Union and the General Inspectorate for Immigration, through the National Program – the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. During this event, representatives from different institutions, non-governmental organizations, active in the field of migration, participated.

Of those present we mention: representatives of: Institution of the Prefect of Timis County, AJPIS Timis, DASTM Timis, Timis Social Assistance Directorate, IPJ Timis, DGASPC Timis, DSP Timis, CJRAE Timis, NGOs: Save the Children, JRS Romania, etc.

During the conference, Mr. Subprefect Frantescu Daniel Cristian and the project manager, Niculescu Catalina opened the conference with an opening word. Subsequently, they were presented by the project manager: objectives, activities, target group and project indicators. Also, representatives of the partners from the 2 Prefectures: Timis and Caras-Severin presented extensively the activities that they will implement within the project.

Next, the social workers made a brief presentation on the specifics of the counseling and social assistance services within the CRI Timisoara, the Romanian language lecturer spoke about the challenges of teaching the Romanian language courses, the social pedagogue presented the specific socio-cultural activities and recreational with the beneficiaries of the project, and the intercultural mediator related about the experience and the challenges in this activity, as well as about the necessity of carrying out such projects and the essential role played by the NGOs in facilitating the integration process of the foreign citizens coming to Romania. The conference ended with free discussions, proposals, recommendations, conclusions and lunch.

Discovering Oradea Fortress
(Exhibition on history and ethnography in Oradea)

 

September 5, 2019

To understand a city, you have to go through its history, not just the streets. Oradea is an increasingly appreciated and increasingly attractive city, which promotes its tourist attractions to all those open to discover.

The Oradea Regional Philanthropy Integration Center has launched an invitation to foreign citizens living in Oradea to discover and better understand the history of the city through a tour organized in Oradea Fortress.

Thus, we were greeted by a guide (English speaker) who introduced us to the Oradea City Museum, as well as a series of local legends. I admired the exhibition of sculpted architectural fragments discovered in different archaeological research campaigns, they discovered life on the front in the World War I, the Griffons Hall, the Bread Museum, the history of photography in Oradea / The collection of photographic technique and art, the History of the Reformed Church in Oradea, and at the end we enjoyed a picnic in the city park.

The photographs taken during the event can be viewed on the local Facebook page (International Integration Collection) on the album entitled: Exhibition about history and ethnography in Oradea.

The event was organized within the project: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants” FAMI / 19.01.04 (05), financed through the National Program – Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, all expenses being covered by the project budget.

Regional integration centers for integration of refugees and migrants in Romania

Project launch: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants”

– PRESS RELEASE –

Oradea city

October 08, 2019

The Oradea Philanthropy Association will organize the launch conference of the project: “Integrating ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants.

The event will take place in:

Oradea, on 15TH of October, 2019, at the Oradea Community Foundation, (the new headquarters: Republicii Street, no. 30, Inside the Crișul Shopping Center) between the hours of 10: 00-14: 30.

PROJECT INFORMATION

The project is implemented by:

Beneficiary: AIDRom – The Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania

Partners: Philanthropy Association Oradea

INSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF TIMIȘ COUNTY

INSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY

The project is funded by the European Union and the General Inspectorate for Immigration, through the National Program – the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The total budget of the project, for a period of 12 months is: 1,145,597.90 lei

The main target group of the project is represented by beneficiaries of international protection (BP) and third-country nationals with a right of residence on the territory of Romania (based on a short- or long-term residence permit), which requires support for integration in Romania, as defined in national and European law.

This project aims to:

Objective 1: Increase the level of social integration of BP and RTT in Region 5, through access to individualized and complex integration services.

Objective 2: Consolidation of local interinstitutional support networks, community support, networks of volunteers and representative members from foreign communities.

Objective 3: Develop the professional capacities of the actors involved in assisting the target group.

Through this project, the activity of the Regional Integration Center of Philanthropy Oradea will be continued, being offered, free of charge, specialized social and legal counseling services, material assistance for vulnerable categories, Romanian language courses and cultural accommodation, leisure activities for migrants, specific actions for the minor beneficiaries of the target group and the mediation of the migrants’ relationship with the institutions involved in the project. Also, county networks of volunteers will be strengthened, working groups, training sessions and information sessions and awareness of the phenomenon of migration in the local community will be created.

STATISTICS:

According to the data provided by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, as of 31.12.2018, in Romania there were 4157 residence permits issued for the beneficiaries of a form of protection, respectively: 2532 for refugee status and 1625 for subsidiary protection.

The total number of foreign persons from Romania who fall into the main target group is 69,182 migrants. In the counties of interest, the situation of foreigners is as follows:

Bihor – 1405, Arad – 1327, Hunedoara – 561

Timis – 4337, Caraș-Severin – 400, Mehedinti – 898

In all 6 counties there is an increase in the number of migrants compared to 2016 data: Arad – 733, Bihor – 1246, Caraș Severin – 333 Hunedoara – 590, Mehedinți – 326, Timiș – 3955.

INVITATION

For more information, we invite you Tuesday, October 15, 2019, between 10:00 and 14:30, at the Oradea Community Foundation, (the new headquarters: Republicii str., No. 30, in the premises of Crișul Shopping Center, 1st floor) at the launch event of the project, where representatives of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, local authorities with responsibilities in the process of integration of migrants from Bihor county, representatives of non-governmental organizations will participate, companies, as well as representatives of foreign communities in Oradea.

Adriana Popa

0743 081 449

Manager of the Regional Integration Center of Philanthropy Oradea

Oradea Philanthropy Association

adrianapopa@filantropiaoradea.ro

Regional Integration Centers for integration of refugees and migrants in Romania

Project launch: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants”

– PRESS RELEASE –

Timisoara

October 08, 2019

The Ecumenical Association of Churches of Romania will organize the launching conference of the project: “Integration ACUM II – Complex and unitary approaches for migrants”.

The event will take place in:

Timișoara, on October 14, 2019, at the headquarters of the Institution of the Prefect of Timiș County, (Address: Bd. Revolution of 1989 no. 17 A), between the hours 10: 00-14: 30.

PROJECT INFORMATION

The project is implemented by:

Beneficiary: AIDRom – The Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania

Partners: Philanthropy Association Oradea

INSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF TIMIȘ COUNTY

NSTITUTE OF THE PREFECT OF CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY

The project is funded by the European Union and the General Inspectorate for Immigration, through the National Program – the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The total budget of the project, for a period of 12 months is: 1,145,597.90 lei.

The main target group of the project is represented by beneficiaries of international protection (BP) and third-country nationals with a right of residence on the territory of Romania (based on a short- or long-term residence permit), who need support in order to integrate in Romania, as defined in national and European law.

This project aims to:

Objective 1: Increase the level of social integration of BP and RTT in Region 5, through access to individualized and complex integration services.

Objective 2: Consolidation of local interinstitutional support networks, community support, networks of volunteers and representative members from foreign communities.

Objective 3: Develop the professional capacities of the actors involved in assisting the target group.

Through this project the activity of the Regional Integration Center of Philanthropy Timisoara will be continued, being offered, for free, specialized services of social and legal counseling, material assistance for vulnerable categories, Romanian language courses and cultural accommodation, leisure activities for migrants, specific actions for the minor beneficiaries of the target group and mediation of the migrants’ relationship with the institutions involved in the project. Also, county volunteer networks will be strengthened, working groups, training sessions and information and awareness sessions on the phenomenon of migration in the local community will be created.

STATISTICS:

According to the data provided by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, on 31.12.2018, in Romania there were 4,157 residence permits issued for the beneficiaries of a form of protection, respectively: 2,532 for refugee status and 1,625 for subsidiary protection.

The total number of foreign persons from Romania who fall into the main target group is 69,182 migrants. In the counties of interest the situation of foreigners is as follows:

Bihor – 1405, Arad – 1327, Hunedoara – 561

Timis – 4337, Caraș-Severin – 400, Mehedinti – 898

In all 6 counties there is an increase in the number of migrants compared to 2016 data: Arad – 733, Bihor – 1246, Caraș Severin – 333, Hunedoara – 590, Mehedinți – 326, Timiș – 3955.

 

INVITATION

For more information, we invite you Monday, October 14, 2019, at the headquarters of the Institution of Timiș Prefecture, (Address: Bd. Revolution of 1989 no. 17 A) between 10 am and 2:30 pm, at the launch event of the project, where representatives of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, local authorities with responsibilities in the process of integrating migrants from Timiș and Caraș-Severin county, representatives of non-governmental organizations, companies, as well as representatives of foreign communities from Timisoara will participate.

Oana Taloș

Manager – Timișoara Regional Integration Center
The Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania
oana.anca.talos@gmail.com