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Factsheet for measure RO-2022-27/2887 Updated – measures in Romania

Ensuring access to unallocated public housing for Ukrainian refugees

Asigurarea accesului la locuințele nealocate, construite de Agenția Națională pentru Locuire sau prin Programul de construcții sociale și de necessitate

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 June 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Nicoleta Voicu (Association Center for Public Innovation)
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 07 November 2023)

Background information

The emergency ordinance establishes exceptional measures in the fields of health, education, employment, housing, vulnerable persons and children and young people, in order to facilitate the inclusion of displaced persons from Ukraine into Romanian society.

The National Plan of Measures for the Protection and Inclusion of Displaced Persons from Ukraine, Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection in Romania includes:

  • Cross-cutting measures to address the need for information, identification and facilitation of access to services for displaced persons from Ukraine - beneficiaries of temporary protection in Romania,
  • Measures aimed to develop mechanisms to prevent human trafficking, given the vulnerability in which these persons find themselves and the fact that approximately 70% of them are women with minor children.

The Emergency Ordinance also aims to amend Law No 678/2001 9 (on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings), the measure being motivated by the need to improve the National Mechanism for the Identification and Referral of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, thus making it more effective and legally binding.

Content of measure

The measure includes specific activities as:

  • Ensuring access to unallocated housing built by the National Housing Agency or through the Social Housing and need
  • Identification of dwellings built financed by the state-owned housing that has been not allocated to beneficiary persons/families.
  • Creating the legal framework through which the social houses allocated to young people will be allocated equally to Ukrainian citizens by establishing the mode of settlement of costs (maintenance, rent, etc.) and by establishing allocation criteria to displaced persons from Ukraine, beneficiaries of temporary protection in Romania (number of people, number of vulnerable people, number of children, age, etc.).
  • Developing a methodology for housing occupancy according to the information collected at customs (type of residence, vulnerability of persons, occupation) and in correlation with other complementary social and economic measures (education, health, economic activities).
  • Allocation of houses.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

28 February 2023

The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDLPA) has assessed the availability of housing units at the local public authority level, and are ready to operationalize measures to allocate housing if the need arises.

Habitat for Humanity and public authorities renovated and transformed Edmond Center into a social hub and accommodation center for up to 2,000 people in Bucharest.

Use of measure

The number of operational accommodation places for refugees, coordinated by local public authorities and civil society was 1,437. Total capacity: 47,294 persons.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The only public information is that working groups were established at the level of the Ministries but there is no information about the members of the working groups.

Views and reactions

There is no publicly available information about the social partners' views or reaction on the measure.


  • 29 June 2022: Ordonanţă de urgenţă nr. 100 din 29 iunie 2022 (
  • 28 February 2023: Romania's Response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Monthly Snapshot - Feb 2023 (Răspunsul României la criza refugiaților ucraineni actualizare lunară – februarie 2023) (
  • 10 March 2023: Un centru pentru refugiaţii din Ucraina, inaugurat în incinta Colegiului Edmond Nicolau (
  • 31 May 2023: Romania's Response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Monthly Snapshot - May 2023 (


Eurofound (2022), Ensuring access to unallocated public housing for Ukrainian refugees, measure RO-2022-27/2887 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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