Ukraine Info: Access to socio-economic rights for beneficiaries of temporary protection

The European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) has just published a comparative report entitled ‘Access to socio-economic rights for beneficiaries of temporary protection’.

In the words of the report’s Introduction:

“In the context of activation of the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) (2001/55/EC)1 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, EU member states facilitated access to protection and services for those fleeing Ukraine. At the same time, countries which are not bound by the Common European Asylum System ​(CEAS) developed respective national frameworks to ensure direct and speedy access to rights. The figures provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) suggests that as of May 2023, over 8.2 million people who had left Ukraine were recorded across Europe, with more than 5.1 million registered for temporary protection or similar national protection schemes in Europe.

This report provides a comparative overview of the situation pertaining to access to socio-economic rights by temporary protection beneficiaries (TPBs) in 19 EU member states (AT, BE, BG, CY, DE, ES, FR, GR, HR, HU, IE, IT, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, and SI) and 3 non-EU countries (Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom).

Information has been drawn primarily from ECRE’s Asylum Information Database (AIDA) and supplemented by relevant publications from ECRE, the EU Asylum Agency (EUAA) and UNHCR. It focuses on the following areas: access to housing, employment, education, healthcare and social welfare.”

We hope the report proves to be a useful tool in assessing the level of protection enjoyed by TP holders in different EU Member States.


Established with the kind support of the Dutch Refugee Council