Seeking asylum

Restrictive Measures

Learn more about the situations in which the Romanian General Inspectorate for Immigration may limit your freedom of movement even if you are an asylum seeker.

When/why can this happen?

  1. Because GII needs to verify your declared identity.
  2. Because GII needs to make sure they can conduct the preliminary interview or the asylum interview.
  3. Because of national security reasons.

What are these restrictions?

Such restrictions may include:

  • Your obligation to go to the Immigration Office in certain days/dates, which will be indicated to you by the authorities; OR
  • Your obligation to live in a certain Regional Centre and not leave the centre without informing the director.
  • Your obligation to stay in a closed area, that you will not be able to leave from (for up to 60 days, maximum). These closed areas are called "specially arranged closed areas" and are located at the Regional Centres.

This measure will be a temporary restriction on your freedom of movement. You can complain about the decision taken against you.

Dublin Regulation - restrictions and detention:

  • If you are currently in Romania and it was decided that a different EU country is responsible for your situation as an asylum seeker, you will be transferred there.
  • The  General Inspectorate for Immigration may decide to apply certain restrictions in view of ensuring your transfer.

What are these restrictions?

  • Your obligation to go to the Immigration Office in certain days/dates, which will be indicated to you by the authorities; OR
  • Your obligation to live in a certain Regional Centre and not leave the centre without informing the director.

In exceptional situations, the authorities may consider that there is a high risk you may abscond, meaning you are trying to run away and avoid being transferred to the other Dublin country. In this case, the authorities may decide to detain you in a closed centre, called Public Custody Centre, until you are transferred to the other Dublin country.

Who takes these measures?

The General Inspectorate for Immigration usually takes these measures. The decision to place you in a closed area or Public Custody/detention centre is taken by the Prosecutors and /or the Court.

Are these measures final? Can I challenge them?

No, these measures are temporary and you can challenge them.

What are your rights?

Please remember you will have specific rights and obligations in these situations:

  • the right to free legal counselling and information.
  • the right to complain against the obligation to live in a certain Regional Centre, the decision to be placed in a "specially arranged closed area" or in a Public Custody Centre.
  • the right to contact your lawyer, a non-governmental organization (NGO, or ONG in Romanian) or UNHCR.

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Contact

JRS Romania
BUcharest, Romania
Email: office@jrsromania.ro
Tel: +40-722-000000
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