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EU plans to extend protection for Ukrainian war refugees until 2026



The European Commission has planned to extend emergency rules to shelter people who fled the war in Ukraine until March 2026, in a move announced on Tuesday.

The EU stands united in protecting people who fled from Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said in a statement.

The Ukrainians who fled to the EU after the full-scale invasion of Russia in 2022 were granted immediate protection.

The protection was after EU member states set up a temporary regime designed for cases of mass influxes of people.

In addition, people under temporary protection were entitled to social benefits, housing, access to education and work permits, among things.

The proposal is designed to avoid the lengthy national asylum seeking procedures required to process large numbers of displaced people.

Furthermore ,extension of the temporary rules are possible for up to one year.

The existing regime was set to end in March 2025.

EU justice and home affair ministers were to examine the extension on Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

The commission reported almost 4.2 million Ukrainians are currently residing in the EU under these rules with Germany hosting the most people at 1.2 million.

Cecilia Odey

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