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Ukrainian Refugees Can Now Apply Electronically for Temporary Protection in Slovakia

The European Commission has announced that from March 14 Ukrainian citizens and their families are allowed to apply for temporary protection in Slovakia, which can be done electronically through online services provided by the Ministry of the Interior.

In a press release on Monday, March 14, the European Union Commission indicated that the online portal is now available in Ukrainian, Slovak and English languages, reports.

“Although an in-person appointment with border police and aliens in Slovakia is still necessary to finalize a person’s TPS, being able to complete the online data form in advance will significantly speed up the entire application process,” the statement read.

Available data shows that as of March 14, more than 195,000 refugees have crossed into Slovakia.

According to UN refugee data, the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine since the invasion of Russia on February 24 has risen to more than 2.8 million.

On March 2, the European Commission proposed activating the Temporary Protection Directive. The proposal makes clear that the EU will be able to provide temporary assistance to those who have already fled the war in Ukraine by granting 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 statement noted.

The commission has also developed some guidelines to help border guards in member states efficiently manage arrivals at the border with Ukraine.

Furthermore, on March 10, the Spanish government announced the launch of a mechanism to enable people displaced from Ukraine to Spain to apply for and obtain temporary protection.

According to the Spanish government, this order specifies that Ukrainian asylum seekers can request temporary protection at special Spanish National Police stations and approved reception centres.

Similarly, the Swiss Federal Government, in a press release issued on March 7, announced that it intends to activate the protection status of all Ukrainians fleeing their country, and if this status is activated, all these Ukrainian refugees will be allowed to remain in Switzerland, work and have the right to social assistance and medical care .

Other EU countries that have expressed their willingness to support Ukrainian citizens fleeing the war are:

Czech Republic Romania Hungary Poland Greece Norway

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