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EU Commission to Activate Temporary Protection Directive for People Fleeing War in Ukraine

More than 650,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighboring EU member states since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The European Commission today proposed activating the Temporary Protection Directive to provide more assistance to people fleeing the war in Ukraine, reports.

This proposal suggests that the EU will provide temporary assistance to those fleeing war, by giving them residence permits and access to education and the labor market.

The Temporary Protection Directive provides answers to the current situation by providing immediate protection and rights, reducing pressure on national asylum systems, promoting solidarity and responsibility sharing, and more support from EU agencies.

The council had already expressed broad support for the measures at a meeting on Thursday 27 February and pledged to discuss the two documents at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on Thursday 3 March. Once approved, the temporary protection will be applied immediately and will last for one year. .

According to the commission, operational guidelines are being developed to help border guards of member states efficiently manage arrivals at the border with Ukraine. These guidelines also recommend Member States to establish special emergency support pathways to channel humanitarian assistance.

Commenting on this proposal, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that Europe would welcome all Ukrainians affected by the war, adding that Europe would stand by those in need of protection.

According to the same order, the Vice President for the Promotion of Our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, expressed their happiness with how the European Union and Member States are providing immediate support to those coming from the war zone.

In addition, the EU will also protect non-Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons legally residing in Ukraine who cannot return to their country of origin or region of origin.

“Others who are lawfully in Ukraine for a short period and are able to safely return to their countries of origin will fall outside the scope of this protection. However, entry into the European Union should be allowed for transit before returning to their countries of origin,” the statement read.

Moreover, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has claimed that it is ready to assist any member state in dealing with the situation at its borders.

Through a February 28 press release, Frontex indicated that it may deploy its permanent corps officers within days in response to potential requests for support from member states that share a border with Ukraine.

Just a day later, the Slovak Republic called on Frontex to provide support in dealing with the immigration influx.

“From Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 6 a.m. to Sunday, February 27, 2022 until 6 a.m., 25,935 people entered the territory of the Slovak Republic from Ukraine. Most of the people crossed the border crossings at Vyshni Nemeki (13645) and Ople (10715),” it says in The statement published by the Ministry.

If the war in Ukraine continues, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are also ready for an influx of immigrants

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