Information on land claims, on whether Romanians are able to repossess land which was confiscated by the State before 1989, on the forms of legal recourse available to assist repossession, on whether there have been any settlements of land claims, and if so, and on how those who have had their land claims settled have been treated [ROM24596.E]

For information on the return to Romanians of land that was confiscated by the state after World War II, the maximum amount of land that can be returned to them, legislation pertaining to the reacquisition process and on difficulties hindering resolutions of land claims, please consult the second page of the 20 August 1995 Reuters attachment, the other Reuters attachments, and the last paragraph of the first page, and the remainder on the second page, of the 25 November 1995 Associated Press (AP) attachment.

Information on the forms of legal recourse available to those who desire to reacquire land that was confiscated by the state after World War II, and on the treatment of those whose former land was returned to them, could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


The Associated Press (AP). 25 November 1995. Toni Brett. "AP Top News at Midnight EST Friday, Nov. 24, 1995." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 16 April 1996. BC Cycle. "Romania Slow in Completing Farm Reform." (NEXIS)

_____. 21 September 1995. BC Cycle. "Romania Halfway with Post-Communist Land Reform." (NEXIS)

_____. 20 August 1995. BC Cycle. Karin Popescu. "Romania's Germans Say Farewell to Transylvania." (NEXIS)

_____. 25 March 1995. BC Cycle. "Romanian Farmers Join Land Protest." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report. Yearly.

DIRB file on Romania.

DIRB Indexed Media Review [Ottawa]. Weekly.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

Human Rights Watch World Report. Yearly.

News from Helsinki Watch [New York]. Monthly.

Transition: Events and Issues in the Former Soviet Union and East-Central and Southeastern Europe [Prague]. Bi-monthly.

Uncaptive Minds [New York]. Quarterly.

Unsuccessful attempts to contact oral sources.