STARRT - Transfer and Assistance Services for Refugees Resettled from Turkey

STARRT I and STARRT II are two resettlement projects for 20 respectively 80 Syrian refugees from Turkey to Romania.


The projects support Romania's participation in the efforts of the European Union Member States to implement sustainable solutions in response to the real international protection needs of displaced persons due to the conflict in Syria in countries in the immediate vicinity.



The projects are carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Mission in Romania, in partnership with the Schottener Social Services Foundation, at the initiative of the General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI) and funded by the European Union through the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.


According to data released by Turkey's General Directorate for Migration Management (DGMM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the end of 2016 there were over 3.1 million foreign citizens in Turkey in need of international protection. Of these, most are Syrian citizens, more than 2.8 million, who received a form of temporary protection from the Turkish government. This entitles them to legal residence in Turkey, as well as access to basic rights and services within certain limits.

Another important group of over 290,000 people seeking humanitarian protection in Turkey is composed of citizens of different nationalities (Iraq, Afghan, Iranian or Somali).

Romania responds humanitarianly and jointly to the protection needs and the efforts of the European Union to manage migration flows by resettling on its territory a number of 100 Syrian refugees.

What is resettlement?

Relocation is the procedure for the selection and transfer of refugees from a state where they have applied for protection in another state receiving them as refugees, with the possibility of permanent residence. Resettlement is a protection tool for refugees, along with integration and voluntary repatriation, and an expression of solidarity with those states that host most refugees globally. 

Who are the main actors involved and what responsibilities do they share?


·         Identifies and presents to the General Inspectorate for Immigration (GII) cases of Syrian refugees from Turkey with kinship links in Romania for examination for resettlement. In turn, other organizations or individuals may refer to IGI analysis of Syrian refugee cases in Turkey.

·         Supports refugees selected for resettlement in obtaining domestic and outward traffic permits from Turkey.


·         Analyzes cases and takes a decision to relocate under Government Decision 1596/2008 on resettlement of refugees.

·           After relocation, offers reelected legal and physical protection, including access to civil, economic, social, and cultural rights similar to those enjoyed by Romanian citizens.

IOM and the Schottener Foundation provide the following types of assistance to selected people for relocation:

  • Medical evaluation before transfer to Romania, support for obtaining travel documents, transportation arrangements and travel preparation;
  • Cultural orientation by providing relevant, accurate and current information about Romania;
  • Transfer from Turkey to Romania, Bucharest and Brasov;
  • Material / medical / psychological / legal basic assistance and accommodation for 45 days from their arrival in Romania;
  • Leisure activities;
  • Initiation in Romanian language and cultural accommodation. 

For more information and further details, please contact:

International Organization for Migration,

Mission in Romania

11th Viitorului street, Bucharest, 020602, Romania

Tel: 021 - 210.30.50 / Fax : 021 - 211.44.54

E-mail :

Web :


Schottener Social Services Foundation

18th Constantin Aricescu, Bucharest, 011687, Romania

Tel.: +40 374 914-115/ Mobil: +40 749 170 555

Fax: +40 371 914-115



Asylum and Integration Directorate (AID)

General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI), Ministry of Internal Affairs

24A Tudor Gociu, district 4, Bucharest

Tel: 021 - 450.11.34 / Fax: 021 - 450.17.29