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Moldova Refugee Response, Inter Agency Update #11 (20-22 April) – Moldova

ByJanice K. Merrill

Apr 28, 2022

STRENGTHS OF THE SECTOR

This section brings you on the ground coverage of activities by partners

protection

• The 5th local coordination meeting took place at Palanca station, in the presence of the officer in charge of IGSU, NGOs and volunteers. The plan for the controlled entry system was discussed and the partners agreed to follow the procedure and provide lists of personnel for the issuance of monthly entry cards. The urgency of the food supply, the dissemination of information and the improvement of the site were also discussed.

• The Migration and Asylum Office, UNHCR, Refugee Call Center staff and La Strada organized a meeting to discuss the Refugee Helpline. They agreed to continue sharing knowledge and experience, coordinating responses and establishing a referral system for the helpline. Information management and capacity building will be carried out in the coming week.

• During the reporting period, ACTED distributed 269 prepaid SIM cards to vulnerable refugees at border crossing points (140 in Palanca and 129 in Otaci). The provision of SIM cards enables refugees to access services and stay in contact with their families.

• IOM conducted assessments to identify unmet capacities and needs at border crossing points in Otaci, Giurgiulesti, Cahul, Leuseni and Reni.

• The Lawyers’ Legal Center (LCA) continued the daily monitoring of 6 border crossing points at Palanca, Otaci, Cahul, Giurgiulesti, Sculeni and Leuseni.

• LCA continued to provide legal assistance in 13 Refugee Accommodation Centers (RACs) in Chisinau and 17 RACs outside Chisinau. Between April 20 and 22, LCA provided counseling to 1,771 people covering 25 CARs and private homes.

• LCA trained 30 border police officers from the Direction Nord on refugee rights, the right to asylum and the identification of vulnerabilities.

• UNHCR and IOM assisted 85 refugees to relocate under the EU Solidarity Platform (14 refugees were relocated to Austria and 71 to France). UNHCR conducts preliminary identification, information sharing, vulnerability screening and protection counselling. IOM provides pre-boarding support, including health checks, assignment of medical escorts, pre-boarding briefing, distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), baggage handling, ground transportation, snacks and airport assistance.

gender-based violence

• UNHCR trained the 10 employees of the “Green Line” hotline on code of conduct, PSEA, confidentiality, referral pathways, gender-based violence, trafficking, safe disclosure, protection of childhood and cash assistance.

• UNFPA established eight Orange Safe Spaces in Chisinau, border post of Palanca, Nisporeni, Criuleni, Congaz, to provide support related to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence, resilience building and recreational activities . Four mobile Orange Safe Spaces are in preparation to extend the service to hard-to-reach host communities.

• IOM organized an information session to sensitize refugees on human trafficking, including the risks and preventive measures that could be taken at individual and community level. 124 people living in Dubasari were reached by the session.

• UNFPA plans to equip and open a separate RAC for pregnant women and mothers of newborns, providing them with a safe living space, mental and psychosocial health and support.

• UNHCR organized a consultation with the State Chancellery on Counter-Trafficking, which included 18 representatives from various government agencies involved in counter-trafficking efforts, including the Ministry’s Counter-Trafficking Unit and the Police Center for Combating Trafficking. The objective was to determine the capacities and resources needed to strengthen prevention and response to refugee trafficking. The participants reaffirmed their