EU agrees to activate Temporary Protection Directive
At the meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council on 3 March, focus was on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. EU Member States agreed to activate the Temporary Protection Directive.
“This is an historic act of solidarity with Ukraine at a time of Russian military aggression. That is the most important message – that Europe stands up for Ukraine and is prepared to jointly help those fleeing the belligerent Russian actions,” said Minister of Integration and Migration Anders Ygeman.
The EU Temporary Protection Directive was introduced in 2001 with the aim of having a regulatory framework to activate in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons from third countries. The Temporary Protection Directive means that refugees from Ukraine will be granted a temporary residence permit in the EU for at least one year, with the possibility of an extension for an additional two years.