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News article19 September 2023Representation in Ireland

EU Solidarity with Ukraine: Commission proposes to extend temporary protection for people fleeing Russian aggression against Ukraine

The European Commission is proposing to further extend the temporary protection for people fleeing Russia's aggression against Ukraine from 4 March 2024 to 3 March 2025.

Visual explaining the rights accorded under the Temporary Protection Directive

This will provide certainty and support for more than 4 million persons enjoying protection across the EU.

The EU activated the Temporary Protection Directive on 4 March 2022 with a unanimous decision by Member States and it was automatically extended by one year. The Commission considers that the reasons for temporary protection persist and that the temporary protection should therefore be prolonged as a necessary and appropriate response to the current, volatile situation, which is not yet conducive to the safe and durable return of those enjoying temporary protection in the EU.

Since the activation of the temporary protection , only a week after Russia's brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, Member States showed unprecedented solidarity with Ukrainian people, not only by welcoming them in their countries, but also by making concrete efforts to facilitate their inclusion in society.

For as long as it takes, the European Union will stand by Ukraine – a solidarity that has been epitomised by the provision of immediate protection status for all those fleeing Russia’s war. Today, as the war rages on, we are asking Member States to come together once more and prolong temporary protection for a further year.

Vice-President Margaritis Schinas


Next steps

This Commission proposal will now have to be adopted by the Council.

Background

The temporary protection directive provides immediate protection and access to rights in the EU, including residency rights, access to the labour market, housing, social welfare assistance, medical and other assistance. It also helps to prevent overwhelming pressure on national asylum systems and allows Member States to manage arrivals in an orderly and effective way. The Commission considers that the reasons for temporary protection persist and that the temporary protection should therefore be prolonged as a necessary and appropriate response to the current situation.

The Solidarity Platform ‘Ukraine', established by the Commission at the beginning of the war, brings together EU institutions, Member States, Schengen Associated Countries, EU Agencies, international organisations, Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities. It offers an informal and flexible forum for discussion on operational matters to coordinate support on the ground.

For More Information

Council Implementing Decision on extending temporary protection

Temporary Protection Directive Factsheet 

EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees 

Temporary protection for those fleeing Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine: one year on

Solidarity with Ukraine

Welcoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine

Details

Publication date
19 September 2023
Author
Representation in Ireland