From September 2013 – June 2014, Alternative Sociale specialists offer counseling and psychosocial assistance to third country nationals legally staying in Romania. They can receive material, medical and juridical support from Alternative Sociale.
For receiving counseling and assistance, foreigners can address to the Informing Center for Foreigners from Iaşi, 24 Nicolina road, bl.949, groud floor, telephone number: +40 332 407 178. In this Center, Alternative Sociale counselors offer migrants material assistance, support for nondiscriminatory access to medical services and educational system and other services for answering their needs for integration. Through the migrants who can receive material, medical and juridical support from Alternative Sociale are also Syrians which came, in the last months, in Iaşi, as a result of the present conflicts in Syria.
“Alternative Sociale continues to preoccupy within the domain of third country nationals’ integration in Romania. In the last three years, over 1200 foreigners from Iaşi received benefited from the assistance given by Alternative Sociale specialists. We facilitated their dialogue with the institutions with which they interact when arriving in Romania for the first time, we informed them regarding their rights, we organized events in which motivational interviews were presented, we offered them material support for getting over the financial difficulties they were facing and to the youths we assured free vocational courses for facilitating their access to the Romanian labor market”, declared Cătălin Luca, Executive Director of Alternative Sociale.
Also, in October, Alternative Sociale will organize in the schools from Iaşi which have a high number of students from non-UE countries, informing sessions regarding the rights and obligations of foreign citizens established in Romania.
These activities are organized within the project “National coordination for the integration of third-country nationals in Romania”, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office in Romania and funded by the European Union through the general program “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows”, 2012 Annual Program. The project supports the social, economic and cultural integration of third country nationals in the Romanian space through the support of 15 informing centers for foreigners in the country. Through these centers foreigners established legally in Romania are assured information, specific services and assistance.