Seeking Refuge: How Much is Romania Spending on Refugees Per Day

Often ranked among the poorest countries of the EU, Romania along with Bulgaria prepare to negotiate refugee quotas or numbers at the level of the EU.

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Therefore, it would be wise to see how much is Romania able to spend per day per refugee. Numbers reflect the current situation:

Refugee centers: 6

Total capacity: 1,500

Occupied capacity: 20% (present date)

Food+accommodation: 1.08 EUR/DAY

Financial allowance: 0.13 EUR/DAY

Food and accommodation reflect the costs incurred currently by the Romanian state meaning that the daily allowance is exactly what a refugee in Romania receives.

Aside the foregoing, the Romanian state also needs to provide appropriate healthcare. These costs reflect a period of 6 months in which the Romanian authorities decide to grant or refuse asylum.

After he/she is recognized as a refugee and not exceeding 9 months, along with several rights, he/she also receives an allowance of 121 EUR/month until getting a job. Considering the high unemployment rate, getting a job quickly is unlikely.

EU countries having directly affected the political stability of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan should really look around themselves.

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14 Responses to Seeking Refuge: How Much is Romania Spending on Refugees Per Day

  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Agree, the EU countries is perhaps more part of the problem than the part of the solution – many of the problems created by the so-called western world – because they want to indoctrinate the rest of the world – especially, I am disappointed with the danish behavior – this is also one of the reasons that I have lived abroad for the last ten years – if you don’t like the smell in the bakery, you have to take the consequences of it.

    • Most of the Romanian politicians have not lived abroad (extensive holidays do not count) and fail to understand the magnitude of the problem correctly. Having myself lived abroad, I see it differently. I think we will accept more than our capacity allows for, but evidently, conditions are reflecting the standard of living. But I would wish more accountability at the political level – national and European. Although that’s probably a utopia…

      • ledrakenoir says:

        The right wing danish politicians which have the majority dependent on a far-right party which has zero refugees as a target – and all immigration from both eastern Europe and muslim countries zero too – this party including their unconditional followers haven’t even seen through these refugees from Syria very often are not muslim terrorists – many of them have skills which enable them after a short language help can go in and do good also for the danish society which has just a lack of operative skilled hands – Romania might be in a different situation than the danes – Romania is under construction from past misunderstandings – so probably a shade of difference – Denmark joined the EU (that time EC) because their agriculture and industry was in deep crisis – the same motif had Romania later – this should be the ballast of a humanity knowledge and acting that it’s better than we are seeing now – the danish standard of living is higher than the Romanians – nevertheless, the support for volatile in Denmark no better than Romania.

        Germany have seen the opportunities, Sweden too – England and France are also on the way.

        Europe could end up like a zoological museum if it goes the way as in particular the danes, romanians, hungarians and poles are responsible for. :-/

      • Demographically, Romania lost 4 million citizens in 25 years either though natural death or migration. It has lost a lot of doctors. It should see this as an opportunity for skilled workforce not as something to run away from. Our top Secretary of State in the Minister of Health is a Palestinian born in Damascus enjoying much more popularity than politicians. It’s all about perspective

      • ledrakenoir says:

        Yes I know times had been very difficult for Romania, I wish the best for the romanians in the future – but this require your government to have visions – and not visions like the present danish goverment and and their supporting party as they rely on.

      • Romania has said it will accept refugees. It’s probably the numbers that will be discussed at the EU level. In terms of vision, let me say that the State itself fails to deliver a sustainable vision and elementary healthcare for its own citizens, so it will need additional time to adapt to the current situation. Romanians do not oppose to refugees, but we do have to learn to adapt to new realities.

      • ledrakenoir says:

        Of course romanians need time to change from what use to have for many years – change to feel the sun shine again… :-9

  2. The refugee situation in Europe must be overwhelming in every affected country. We in the USA share responsibility for the upheavals in the Middle East but apparently shirk our responsibility for the care of the displaced refugees. If they were arriving at our shores in lifeboats, perhaps that would capture our attention – and our resources. Appalling.

    • Hi Sheila,

      For some reason, I cannot see the USA opening its borders to thousands of unregistered people like Austrians and Germans did recently. Romania has sent troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, so it is obviously partly responsible for the current situation. Countries that so readily started wars should not hide away when it comes to accountability.

      • I couldn’t agree more, Cristina. It was a wave of primarily European immigration that founded the USA but now our borders are crossed by South Americans and Mexicans for different reasons and certainly not in the overwhelming numbers now confronting you and your neighbors.We are definitely responsible and should share in the support of the immigrants.

  3. Adrian B says:

    That is one of the many customs of Romanians to share what they have, no matter how poor they are.

    • Well, it’s the Government who sets these amounts. True, they are intending to raise them (somewhere in the future). Romania is also party to the Geneva Convention on Refugees, so irrespective of how things stand, Romania has a duty of protection. The Convention also states that: “The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence. (Article 31, (1))”

      It’s the coming directly from a territory that bothers me and many states since the current situation indicates refugees do not seek asylum in the first country that is safe (Greece, Italy etc) but they express a right of preference. I do not understand why. Well, I do.

      • Adrian B says:

        Cristina, I was talking more of the human side not the legal. Some people in Romania make less then what these refugees will get and yet I did not hear about any altercations between Romanian police and the refugees( like in Hungary) . I am happy now that Romania qualified to Euro 2016. All the best to you Cristina.

      • Situation is different from Hungary because there were no refugees wishing to cross (or stay for that matter in) Romania. From the human side, people are having mixed opinions recently. Time will tell how it turns out when Romania will receive the first refugee intake.

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