Skip to content
Edit post

EU ready to extend protection for Ukrainian refugees past March 2025

by Kateryna Hodunova January 26, 2024 1:18 PM 2 min read
Refugees from Ukraine stand on a platform at the Messebahnhof Laatzen station in Laatzen, Germany, after their arrival on April 15, 2023. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

If needed, the EU is ready to extend the temporary protection for Ukrainian refugees beyond March 2025 when the relevant directive expires, Belgium’s Asylum and Migration State Secretary Nicole de Moor said on Jan. 25 at an informal EU Home Affairs Ministers meeting, Ukrinform reported.

The EU activated the Temporary Protection Directive in March 2022 after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to Eurostat, over 4.2 million Ukrainian refugees are currently registered for temporary protection to legally access housing, find work, and receive social benefits in EU states.

In October 2023, the EU officially prolonged the directive until March 2025.

The EU considers different scenarios on the ground and will provide protection as long as necessary, said de Moor, whose country currently presides over the EU Council.

The European Commission and EU member states have decided to continue this discussion with the participation of Ukrainian authorities to come up with a decision shortly, de Moor said.

The European Commission will not present any further propositions on temporary protection without Ukraine’s and EU states’ prior approval, she added.

EU ministers confirmed their solidarity with Ukraine and agreed on the need to harmonize the legislation as 27 different legal approaches in this field could be "counterproductive."

The EU's Temporary Protection Directive offers immediate collective protection to displaced persons and was designed as an alternative to the asylum process. It was first implemented in 2001 following armed conflicts in the Western Balkans.

‘It’s their turn now:’ Ukrainians call on government to demobilize exhausted soldiers fighting for nearly two years
Over a hundred women braved a snowstorm in early December to gather in central Kyiv’s Independence Square and call on the government to demobilize their relatives who have been on the front lines since the first days of the invasion. Draped in Ukrainian flags, women chanted, “It’s their
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

5:10 AM

Bulgaria will stop importing Russian oil.

Bulgaria halted Russian oil imports this week as part of the European Union's ban on Russian oil, thereby ending a two-year embargo exemption, the Bulgarian news outlet BGNES reported on March 1.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
7:00 PM

Ukrainian, Czech interior ministers meet in Lviv.

Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakusan traveled to Lviv to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Ihor Klymenko and sign a declaration on directions of cooperation between their departments, Klymenko said on March 1.
5:46 PM

Bloomberg: Macron-Scholz split hurting Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are not getting along, and Macron's recent suggestion of a possible deployment of Western troops in Ukraine has further fueled the disagreement, Bloomberg reported on March 1, citing unnamed officials familiar with the matter.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.