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08 March 2023

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



The European Commission (EC) published new materials on the implementation of the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) in Europe in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Triggered for the first time on 4 March 2022, the TPD was activated to protect those displaced from Ukraine. Since then, approximately 4 million people have been granted protection in European Union (EU) countries. The TPD secured immediate protection for these people, as well as the following:

  • Access to registration and documentation
  • Special protection for children
  • Access to education and vocational training
  • Action to address the risks of trafficking in human beings and support victims of war crimes (via the Common anti-trafficking plan)
  • Access to healthcare and social benefits
  • Access to employment (including via the EU's Talent Pool Pilot initiative)
  • Access to accommodation and housing via the ‘Safe Homes' initiative

Other support mechanisms have also been put in place, including the Solidarity Platform Ukraine, and financial assistance has been made available through various relevant funds and cooperation with international partners. Further information on this can be found here.

The EC published two updated factsheets on the TPD and on EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees, attached below, as well as the following informative online materials:

Updated Factsheet: Temporary Protection Directive
(360.27 KB - PDF)
Updated Factsheet: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
(2.78 MB - PDF)


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