COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTRES FOR ROMANIAN MIGRANTS
- What are these community support centres? It does not encourage permanent migration, but stimulated and promotes solidarity and social cohesion because all the citizens matter for Europe.
- They are a specific initiative of the social integration policy targeted for a group of people who face social difficulties (e.g. vocational training, residential procedures, etc.) in the host country. These centres are, on the one hand the bridge between Romanians and Romania, and on the other hand between Romanians and the host country. It does not represent a parallel of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or the Romanian Embassy, these are bodies to be developed either under the Romanian budget, either at European level. Their general objective is to help Romanian mobile workers to socially integrate in the host country.
- Vocational training counsellingThe Community Support Centres can offer language and vocational training programmes or in the beginning at least some advises on where to go to: other organizations and institutions offering these opportunities.b) – Judicial and administrative counselling Most of the times Romanian families are split into two: parents leave to work in another EU Member State with children and their grandparents left at home. This family break causes hard social problems. It is necessary to facilitate the relation with the family at least by offering the possibility to call once per week freely at home and internet (webcam) connection.d) Promotion of Romanian civic community spirit in Diaspora
- For the moment the only institution which managed to gather Romanians was the church. Another objective of these community support centres would be to gather the people, make them know and help each other. We can’t speak about a Romanian community as long as Romanians do not know each other. A network and data base of people would be more than welcomed. This way, any help that can’t be given by the centres can be offered by the community itself.
- c) – Family connection maintenance though internet and telephones
- EU kept some barrier on the labour market, but, it also opened some channels which should be used. Romanians need to know how they can legalize their residence, activity, medical assurance, diplomas acknowledgement, their rights and obligations in the Diaspora.
- Brussels for example presents a wide variety of educational and professional options, but most of the Romanians do not have access to the right information (from various reasons). Romania and EU itself loses important human capital and workforce by letting in God’s will the people who would like to follow a step further in their work and/or professional career. More than this, for too many times we find students, professors, engineers, etc., working as non-qualified workers.
- Best practice examples
- This project of building up community support centres for Romanians would be the first of a kind for EU citizens in EU. There are similarities with other centres for non-EU citizens though. We have models of inspirations of what it has already being done in a positive manner in the field of social integration:
- Gent offers Netherlands classes and introductory classes. The latest are very flexible and comprise indications about the social and administrative side of the city and are directly linked with the workforce demand from the labour market. Every year starts with a reception where “students” are invited along with NGOs, companies and different employers and regional administration.
- In Portugal there is the National Centre for Immigrants Support (CNAI) from Lisbon and Oporto which include 6 departments of the interested ministers and other services that work with migration, family reunion, labour market integration, etc. This national point works with other 25 points established at the local level, offering information to both sides, having even an emergency phone number: “SOS Migrants”.
- In Belgium, Roi Baudoin Foundation (http://www.kbs-frb.be/start.aspx?goto=/index.aspx) manages projects through which migrants are associating and developing organised groups in they own benefit. The final objective is to create a network between them and the labour market.
- In Brussels still, there is the Association for Foreigners Rights, ADDE (http://www.adde.be/) which gathers jurists and people active directly on the field. The objective is to promote migrants rights in the light of the non-discrimination principle, equality and human rights. ADDE has specific publications, organizes seminars and weekly studies, and judicial counseling.
- Collaboration within the trade unions, specific organizations, EU institutions and regional administration, universities, etc.
- The community support centres can’t function isolated by other actors involved in the integration process (see the attached graphic).
- Creation of an electronic portal and written newspaper
- The community support centres should benefit from an own website and a specific newspaper to be handed to Romanian migrants.