The European Commission is proposing today to further extend the temporary protection for people fleeing Russia's aggression against Ukraine from 4 March 2024 to 3 March 2025. 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.
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.
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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 - 19/09/2023
We stand behind our words with actions. We have been protecting those in need since the first days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and we will continue to do so for as long it takes. Temporary protection has been a crucial tool that shaped the lives of many. More than 4 million people found hope, a chance to live, work and go to school within the EU. This has helped to give a sense of normality despite the times of the war. The EU will continue to work with our Member States and other partners to ensure that those in need will be protected on European soil.
Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs - 19/09/2023
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