Extension of the Temporary Protection Directive
On September 28, the EU member states decided to extend the current Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) by one year. Refugees from Ukraine can stay in EU member states until March 4, 2025. They are entitled to accommodation, medical care, employment, and education until that date.
The government is currently working on decisions regarding the stay and return of refugees from Ukraine after March 2, 2025. The State Secretary for Justice and Security has decided to freeze the consequences for the group of third-country nationals (people with a temporary residence permit in Ukraine) until the Council of State makes a ruling.
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Changes in Allowances from October 1st
Starting from October 1, 2023, there will be a change in allowances for refugees from Ukraine. These allowances consist of three components: clothing allowance, food allowance, and an additional stipend for individuals residing in host families. Both the clothing allowance and the food allowance will be increased to compensate for rising prices.
However, the additional stipend for those living in host families will be reduced from €93 to €80.91 per month. The amount of the additional stipend is determined by Nibud. This reduction is being implemented because the average monthly costs for gas, water, and electricity have decreased. If you have made arrangements with your host regarding a contribution towards living expenses, it’s advisable to discuss this change with them. You can find more information on this topic in various languages here.