Romania is preparing to change the support scheme for Ukrainians. Payments will not be made to homeowners for housing Ukrainians, but directly to those who have temporary protection.
The government's daily expenses for refugees from Ukraine amount to more than 350,000 euros. In February 2023, more than 109,000 Ukrainians were resettled in Romania.
For the accommodation of each Ukrainian, the state pays home owners 14 euros per day according to the "50/20" scheme (50 lei for accommodation and 20 lei for food - ed.).
Now the support scheme is being changed for medium and long-term integration of refugees. Humanitarian aid coordinator Madalina Turza reported this.
"We want Ukrainian refugees to be independent in our country, children to be able to go to school and return home with dignity when the time comes," she said.
Ukrainians who find work and enroll their children in schools in Romania are expected to receive 2,000 lei (400 euros) per family by the end of 2023.
Funds will not be paid to homeowners. Because a 2-room apartment for 300 euros, which accommodated 4 refugees, brought the owner 1,000 euros thanks to the "50/20" program, and a villa for 16 people cost the state 5,000 euros per month.
The "50/20" aid scheme will remain available to vulnerable categories of refugees, persons over 65 years of age, and students studying at Romanian universities.
Refugees from Ukraine will continue to use free medical, as well as social and educational services in Romania. Currently, 5,000 Ukrainian refugees are officially employed in the country.