Asylum Matters - Capacity Building of Romanian Immigration Office (RIO)

Project completed

The project seeks to increase the efficiency and quality of the asylum process in Romania, taking into account Schengen accession, by training the staff of the Romanian Immigration Office and equipping one regional reception centre and rehabilitating another one. The project is part of the thematic fund security in Romania. Further information about this fund can be found among the additional information on the very bottom of this page.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Enhanced security and safety
Modernisation of the Judiciary
01.04.2012 - 31.07.2015
CHF 275'582

It is expected that Romania’s Schengen accession will have a major impact in the area of asylum. By eliminating the border control between Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, a significantly increased number of asylum seekers will most probably arrive in Romania via Greece and Bulgaria. Furthermore, by becoming the second largest terrestrial external border of the EU, Romania will face an increased number of asylum seekers. Therefore, it is estimated that the number of asylum seekers will increase by 50-80%, or even higher in the first year of accession to the Schengen area.


The project has the overall goal to increase the efficiency and quality of the asylum process in Romania, taking into account Schengen accession.The specific objectives of the project are

  • to dispose of a needs assessment on asylum procedures at the institutional level
  • to have new procedures and existing standards in the field of registration of asylum seekers in place and
  • to dispose of the necessary staff capacity who apply good practices in registration, data collection and early identification of Dublin cases
Target groups

Staff of RIO Asylum seekers and refugees


Through an evaluation assessment and review of procedures, RIO staff will gain improved policies and capacities in asylum procedures through two trainings (see logframe for details). The project will increase knowledge and implementation of skills,
techniques and best practice used by RIO to address the asylum seeker process in Romania. To ensure reaching EU standards and obligations towards asylum seekers as Romania gains Schengen
accession, the project will also improve the accommodation capacity and facilities of two Regional Reception Centres.


Achieved results:  

  • 32 GII officials were trained on Asylum registration, early identification of Dublin cases and Reception Centre management
  • Installation of 27 PC with internet access at the Regional Reception Centre (RRC) Giurgiu, as well as surveillance system and document issuing equipment, improving reception centre facilities at RRC Giurgiu
  • Increased number of asylum applications processed (7 per day)
  • Increased RRC transferral rate: 25 persons/month, reflecting an effective management of ‘overflow’ and crisis situations within RRC
  • Renovation of RRC Radauti

Expected results:  

  • Needs assessed and revision of existing standards of Asylum procedures in Romania
  • Number of asylum seekers processed per day increased from 3-4 to 6-7
  • Detection of Dublin cases substantially increased
  • Regional Reception Centres Radauti and Giurgiu modernised and equipped

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Swiss Private Sector

Other partners

Intermediary Body: Consortium TC Teamconsult; Executing Agency: Romanian Immigration Office (RIO)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   275'582 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   50'800
Project phases Phase 21 01.03.2016 - 30.09.2018   (Current phase) Phase 20 01.04.2015 - 30.09.2017   (Current phase) Phase 18 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2016   (Completed) Phase 17 14.11.2014 - 31.08.2018   (Current phase) Phase 16 01.02.2014 - 31.07.2015   (Completed) Phase 15 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2017   (Current phase) Phase 14 01.03.2013 - 28.02.2015   (Completed) Phase 13 01.03.2013 - 30.11.2015   (Completed) Phase 12 01.11.2012 - 30.09.2015   (Completed) Phase 11 01.04.2012 - 31.03.2013   (Completed)

Phase 10 01.04.2012 - 31.07.2015   (Completed)

Phase 9 01.04.2012 - 15.06.2014   (Completed) Phase 8 01.03.2012 - 31.10.2016   (Completed) Phase 7 01.03.2012 - 31.08.2013   (Completed) Phase 6 01.03.2012 - 15.11.2014   (Completed) Phase 5 01.03.2012 - 31.03.2015   (Completed) Phase 4 01.03.2012 - 30.09.2016   (Completed) Phase 3 01.03.2012 - 30.07.2015   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2012 - 30.06.2016   (Completed)