ARCA beneficiaries

We are continuously concentrating our efforts to provide assistance to our beneficiaries


    According to the Convention on the Status of Refugees from 1951, the basic document of the international protection of refugees, a refugee is a person who “due to a justified fear of being persecuted because of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a certain social group or his political opinions, he is outside the country of which he is a citizen and who cannot or, because of this fear, does not want the protection of this country.”

In Romania, persons with international protection have the following rights:


The term migrant refers to any person who migrates. However, the connotation assigned to the term is of a person who migrates to improve his life by finding a job abroad. Or in some cases who migrates for education, family reunification or other reasons.

Asylum seekers

Asylum seeker

That person who has submitted an application for asylum and is in the asylum procedure, until the moment they receives the protection of the state in which he submitted the application.

The process of granting a form of protection

Any foreigner, regardless of the country of origin, located on Romanian territory or at a border crossing point, can submit an asylum application requesting the protection of the Romanian state.


Refugee status is granted to a foreign citizen who, following a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinions or belonging to a certain social group, is outside the country of origin and who cannot or he does not want the protection of this country.

Subsidiary protection is granted to persons who do not meet the conditions to receive refugee status and is conditional on the existence of serious reasons to believe that, if the asylum seeker is returned to the country of origin, he risks suffering an injury to his rights, consisting of:


Processing the asylum application is the responsibility of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, a specialized structure within the Ministry of Administration and Interior. This institution is the first to process the asylum application and make a decision. However, if the decision is negative or is not what the asylum seeker wants, he has the right to appeal to the Romanian courts. The process of granting protection includes two procedures:

Ordinary procedure

Expedited procedure

    It applies to unfounded asylum requests of people who come from a country of origin considered to be safe and of people who pose a danger to national security or public order in Romania (Law 122/2006 with subsequent amendments and additions)
    The asylum application is resolved in the first phase by the General Inspectorate for Immigration through the approved structures. Based on the reasons cited by the asylum seeker and the documents they brings in support of his declaration. All of this will be analyzed in relation to the situation in the country of origin. origin and with the credibility of the person.
In the case of vulnerable categories (single-parent families, unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, victims of human trafficking, people with disabilities, etc.), their vulnerability is taken into account during the asylum procedure. Thus, a legal representative is appointed for unaccompanied minors, the procedure is suspended. The procedure is suspended until his appointment is made, and a guardian is appointed for persons lacking discernment. The settlement of asylum requests of unaccompanied minors and persons belonging to other vulnerable categories is carried out with priority.

If the application is rejected

   When an asylum application in the administrative phase receives a negative decision, the asylum seeker, with the help of NGOs specialized in the field, can appeal this decision, addressing the courts. If, following the court process, the asylum seeker receives a negative, final and irrevocable decision, he is obliged to leave the territory of Romania within 15 days. In these 15 days, he has several options: he can bring new evidence in support of his asylum request, thus requesting access to a new asylum procedure, he can illegally cross borders to reach other EU countries, he can request tolerance on Romanian territory or, after the expiration of the period, he may be forcibly returned to his country of origin. The persons whose asylum application was resolved in the accelerated procedure or in the border procedure and received a negative answer must leave the Romanian state as soon as the asylum procedure has been completed.

If the request is accepted


The refugee status offers the same rights and obligations as any Romanian citizen. The refugee also benefits from a non-refundable aid of 540/month for 6 months, which can be extended by another 3 months. In addition, it is possible to obtain a partial coverage of the costs of renting a house, for a maximum period of 6 months, provided that they actively participate in the integration program organized by the General Inspectorate for Immigration.
The integration program includes cultural accommodation, psychological counseling, learning the Romanian language and social counseling regarding access to the rights they have in Romania: the right to a job, the right to a home, the right to medical and social assistance, social insurance, the right to education.

Subsidiary protection is granted to those who do not exactly meet the conditions for the recognition of refugee status, if there are nevertheless solid reasons to believe that they will be exposed to a serious risk in the case of return to the country of origin, respectively to the country where they had their usual residence. Persons granted subsidiary protection enjoy, in fact, the same rights as refugees.

We help our beneficiaries with the support of our sponsors

In this way, Arca thanks the sponsors who were kind enough to extend a helping hand to those in need. Without their help, our effort would have been much more difficult.