The Soros Foundation Romania has been at the forefront of efforts to address issues of immigrant rights, family dislocation, and a changing labor market. It has worked to revise national policies and attitudes around social integration, state services to groups affected by migration, and labor abuses.
Natural resource management policy in Romania is also a major priority for the foundation. Its efforts to foster public debate around the social and environmental impact of mining have helped bring more responsible and transparent policies to the attention of industry and government.
The foundation’s support for Roma empowerment initiative has helped increase the capacity of Roma organizations and has advanced their efforts to obtain equal access to housing and education. Foundation support has also fostered cooperation among Roma across national borders, bringing together groups from across Europe to identify successful grassroots organizing strategies.