Romania mainly awards refugee status and subsidiary protection to applicants from countries such as Syria and Iraq, who made up for the majority of positive decisions in 2017. However, the trend with regard to Iraqi nationals changed during 2017 and IGI-DAI also started rejecting applicants from this country. The recognition rate for Iraqi nationals was 66.4% in 2017, dropped to 35% in 2018 and in 2019 dropped further to 10,9%. In Timișoara it was reported that all Syrian nationals are granted a form of protection. The legal counsellor from Şomcuta Mare echoed the same. This practice was also reported in Rădăuţi, Galaţi and Şomcuta Mare.
In Rădăuţi, it was also noticed that asylum applications made by Iraqi nationals are being rejected and even assessed in accelerated procedure. As for Indian and Bangladeshi nationals their asylum applications are assessed swiftly.