Advancing migration policies: Coordination Committee discusses integration, legislation, and digitalization in Moldova

The Migration and Asylum Coordination Committee met for a new working session today, January 24, 2024. 

The event was chaired by the Committee chair, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Jana Costachi, and was attended by the representative of the UN Refugee Agency in the Republic of Moldova, Francesca Bonelli, representatives of MIA entities, UNHCR and other relevant authorities. 

“The integration of foreigners is one of the key components of our migration policies. For the successful implementation of the Government’s commitments outlined in the National Refugee Response Plan, we need the constructive involvement of all stakeholders, so that we can ensure safe and good living conditions to those who choose to live in Moldova”, said the Committee chair Jana Costachi.

“While Moldova’s tireless solidarity with refugees continues to win global admiration, the need for continued support for humanitarian assistance remains crucial. The transition from the emergency phase to a focus on the inclusion of refugees in national systems is a key issue. In this evolving landscape, the synergy of effective cooperation and coordination becomes key to ensuring a rational use of resources and enhancing collective impact”, underlined the UNHCR Representative in Moldova, Francesca Bonelli. 

The first panel of discussions focused on the dynamics and trends of the migration situation in the Republic of Moldova, the Government’s commitments outlined in the 2024 National Refugee Response Plan, as well as on the innovations related to granting temporary protection to displaced persons from Ukraine.  

The speakers on the second panel presented the draft law on the admission, stay and supervision of foreigners in the Republic of Moldova. The aim of the draft is to align the national regulatory framework to the European Union legislation and standards in the field of migration and deliver on the commitments stemming from the candidate status granted to the Republic of Moldova. 

An additional issue presented during the panel was the concept on the digitalization of the documentation process of migrants.  

Taking into account that the socio-economic and cultural inclusion of migrants is a priority of our country’s migration policy, the last session of the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of the programme Leveraging the Positive Impact of Migration on Moldova’s Development Through Improved Policy Evidence and Better Engaged Diaspora.

The meeting of the Migration and Asylum Coordination Committee was organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

The Committee is a permanent consultative body established to monitor and coordinate the efforts in the field of migration, asylum, statelessness and integration of foreigners in the Republic of Moldova, as well as to ensure a unified and coherent implementation of relevant government policies.