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The article refers to the study published by the British Council and Migration Policy Group, showing that Romania is better prepared than most countries in the region for migrant workers and their families, with policies like those in the new countries of immigration labor.
The main immigrant communities in Romania are from Moldova, Turkey and China, and the most attractive counties to immigrants are Bucharest - Ilfov, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Galati, Prahova and Timis. In 2009 there were over 59,000 registered foreigners legally residing in Romania.
Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX: www.mipex.eu) evaluates and compares integration policies across 31 countries in Europe and North America. The results show that while change is a very slow pace, there are still a number of obstacles in the way of life of immigrants, the working and participation in society.
According MIPEX III, the strength of Romania is the strong anti-discrimination laws, which have been successively improved since 2000 when they were adopted until now, in order to be consistent with the general European trend. All residents, regardless of ethnicity, religion, race and nationality, enjoy better laws in Romania than in most European countries and in the region, laws that extend beyond the minimum standards. Romania is one of the 15 countries in Europe where protection against discrimination covers all aspects of life.
Areas for improvement in Romania refers to the participation of immigrants in politics, citizenship and education.
Romania has implemented specific policies defined to address the needs of immigrant students, above the average for Central Europe, but it has to improve the access to the educational system.
Romania was included for the first time in MIPEX, in current edition, together with Bulgaria and the United States. The third edition covers a new area of policy analysis related to education of migrant pupils and new indicators on labor market mobility and implementation of integration policies.
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MIPEX III study offer relevant and reliable information to governments, civil institutions and the general public need to compare policies to integrate migrants between countries and reported from time to time.
Migrants Integration Policy Index, MIPEX will be for all players in Romania, interested in immigration and integration of foreigners, a valuable tool and a basis for improving the legal framework in order to develop and development policies for immigrant integration.
For the study in Romania, the British Council had partnered with Soros Foundation, by Migration and Development program. MIPEX results for Romania were presented and discussed at an event held in Bucharest on 18 April 2011.
For more details about MIPEX and to access online interactive version of the index: www.mipex.eu
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