On 5th of September 2018, the Charity Centre for Refugees (CCR) in collaboration with the Moldova-Institut Leipzig organised an informative session for 15 German students to inform upon asylum system in the Republic of Moldova and the services provided by the CCR to refugee community.

The young students became acquainted with the existing partnership of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Moldova, Bureau of Migration and Asylum (BMA) and CCR to support refugees, beneficiaries of humanitarian protection and asylum seekers. Students were interested in reasons of immigrating to Moldova and asking for asylum, types of protection that an asylum seeker can get in Republic of Moldova and how this procedure take place.

Participants were informed about the challenges refugees face with and issues that they encounter, as well as the benefits they get after receiving an official status. In this regard, CCR highlighted the collaboration between involved stakeholders such as Government, UNHCR and civil society in order to facilitate the integration into local society of the persons of concern and raise awareness of local people on refugee issues.

The students were very active in asking CCR`s staff all the questions that they had about refugee/asylum-seeking life in Moldova – how many refugees and asylum seekers are living here, their rights, the view of Moldavian citizens about them, the reasons of status rejection, the percentage of asylum seekers that receive a form of protection during a year, with what problems they face most often and in what fields they can easier get a job.

CCR would like to thank the Moldova-Intitut Leipzig and German students for visiting Moldova and CCR. Such events are important for spreading good practices and exchange of information to improve our efforts in supporting refugees all around the world.

Șabnam-Cristina Paknehad