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Study of the phenomenon of immigration in Romania- the integration of foreigners in the Romanian society, (Studiu asupra fenomenului imigrației în România, integrarea străinilor în societatea românească), Fundația SOROS, Iris Alexe, Bogdan Paunescu,

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Fundația SOROS

Main Thematic Focus

Integration & inclusion

Target Population


Key findings

The report provides the profile of the immigrants in Romania, the legal and policy framework, the specific challenges encountered, and includes a survey of the attitudes and perceptions of the population regarding migrants. The general attitude of the population is found as encouraging and mostly positive, while the third country nationals perception is one of being rejected, with discrimination and fear being constantly reported. The legal procedures are seen as long and difficult and not being properly organized, only those foreigners who speak Romanian or English finding that the interaction with the authorities is acceptable, The immigration authorities are perceived as the police controlling the foreigners.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Quantitative and qualitative data on the perception of the general population regarding third country nationals legally present in Romania, qualitative research among thrid country nationals regarding their integration in the Romanian society, qualitative research identifying methods and channels of information on the issue of third country nationals, review of the national legislation and policies, analysis of all data publicly available, surveys regarding attitudes and perceptions of the general population

Sample details and representativeness

This 421 pages report combines different methods of reserach in order to provide a comprehensive view of the specificity and needs of the immigrant population in Romania as well as an analysis of the reaction of the authorities and of the general population in relation to migrants. 20 focus groups had been carried out for the qualitative part. For the quantitative surveys, at least 2000 persons had been interviewed from the general population and 500 third country nationals. The margin of error calculated was of 2.2% for a 95% level of trust. The qualitative research was supported by 6 case studies and 35 interviews.

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