Democracy and participation, Migration

Communities Embrace


Who is behind this?

Alina Constantinescu

British Council Romania


Who is joining forces?

National Council for Refugees


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We will make refugees and Romanians meet and get to know each other. Work together as a team. Embrace a shared goal in the benefit of their community.

Where will your idea take place?

Bucharest, Romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Ethnically and religiously homogeneous Romania will receive 6.351 refugees under the mandatory EU refugee quota. The society is little used to multicultural cohabitation and has a deep-rooted tradition of far right thinking or nationalist populism. Surveys indicate that 2/3 of Romanians do not want refugees to settle in Romania. Protests were organised in a number of cities against refugees. Our project will aim to build trust and understanding between the newcomers and Romanians.

What is your impact?

We aim to create contexts in which Romanians and refugees meet and get to know each other’s culture, tradition, values and beliefs. Romanians will have a more informed understanding of the circumstances that brought the newcomers here and the refugees will get valuable information about their new host society. They will also identify specific needs of the communities they all reside in and implement together social action projects in the benefit of the community as a whole.

How do you get there?

Month 1- Selection of 15 refugees and 15 Romanians from the same community.
Month 2 – Workshops for the 30 participants on inter-cultural dialogue, understanding one’s identity, identity of the others, respect for diversity, belonging to a community, active citizenship.
Month 3 – Participants, grouped in 5 mixed teams,will attend activities of team work towards a shared goal.
Month 4 – Each team will be mentored to identify a community need and develop an action plan to address it through a community action project.
Month 5, 6, 7- Teams will implement 5 community action projects in their communities, each involving other 30 community members . Month 8- One day event of sharing good practice with stakeholders (public bodies, NGOs, migrants associations) and general public.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

30 refugees and Romanians will develop trust, mutual understanding and soft skills as: self -awareness, empathy, self-confidence, teamwork, communication, presentation, management, networking skills.
150 Romanians and refugees will be directly involved in 5 community projects
50 stakeholders (public institutions, international bodies, NGOs and migrants associations) will attend showcases of each project and learn good practice
General public (through media and our channels)

What makes your idea stand apart?

The idea in itself in not non-conventional. Many projects have the same approach: training, followed by action. What makes it almost unique is the fact that in Romania now there are almost no contexts where mainstream public can actually meet refugees. Most stereotypes are negative and refugee centres are placed at the periphery of the cities. The interaction is minimum and most of rejection comes from fear, based on perceived threats escalated by the media.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 55,-

Total budget

Major expenses

fees for the 3 trainers -5000 euro ( 3 people working for 3 months facilitating, mentoring) 5 community action projects funded with 5000 euro each (25.000 Euro) expenditure for the training for 30 participants and facilitators (venue rental, catering, stationery) -5000 euro final event with stakeholders( venue rental, catering) -3000 euro communication costs -2000 euro


alina c

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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