The European Directive on the Temporary Protection of Displaced Persons has been activated

Russia’s war in Ukraine is on track to provoke a humanitarian crisis unseen in Europe for decades. According to the UN, more than 1 million Ukrainian citizens have fled their homeland in search of security and shelter.

🇪🇺 🇺🇦 People fleeing the war in Ukraine and in need of protection can get it throughout the European Union, thanks to the European Directive on Temporary Protection of Displaced Persons, which was activated yesterday. At the suggestion of the European Commission, EU member states approved the activation of the Directive for the first time since its adoption in 2001.

It will provide Ukrainian asylum seekers with the following rights:

✔️ issuance of a residence document

✔️ opportunity to exercise paid or unpaid activity

✔️ access to health care

✔️ access to the education system for minors

✔️ access to vocational training and adult education

Everyone in need of temporary protection should be able to apply for asylum. The Member State which received the person shall be responsible for examining the application. Temporary protection is valid for a period of one year. The term may be extended to a maximum of two years.

Link to the DocumentTemporary Protection Directive