Protection for Ukrainians in the EU extended until 2026

The Council of the European Union has decided to extend temporary protection for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian aggressor war. It will be provided until March 4, 2026. This was reported by the press service of the EU Council.
In total, temporary protection will be extended for 4.2 million Ukrainians currently residing in the European Union, nearly 1,2 million of them in Germany. Now, EU member states, in accordance with their national procedures, must adopt additional acts to officially extend temporary protection for Ukrainians.
The Temporary Protection Mechanism was launched on March 4, 2022 and provides immediate and collective protection to a large group of displaced persons arriving in the EU who are unable to return to their country of origin.
The system reduces the pressure on national asylum systems as applications do not need to be processed individually. People who get temporary protection have the same rights throughout the EU. These rights include: a place of residence, access to the labour market and housing, medical care, social assistance, and access to education for children. The EU Temporary Protection Act sets minimum standards of protection. The actual level of assistance may vary from one member state to another.


Beflaggung vor dem Tübinger Regierungspräsidium. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus.


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