Temporary Protection Directive – for people arriving from Ukraine

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The European Council decided on 4 March to activate the Temporary Protection Directive.

It was designed to be used in the event of a “mass influx or imminent mass influx” of people coming into the EU and aims to offer immediate help to large groups of people by granting a form of collective protection status. This is the first time the Directive has been activated.

If you are fleeing Ukraine and coming to the European Union, you will find key information about your rights with regard to crossing the border into an EU country, eligibility for temporary protection and applying for international protection, as well as the rights of travel inside the European Union here.

In Cyprus: According the Asylum Service of the Republic of Cyprus:

If you were permanently residing in Ukraine, and you left the country to escape war from 24 February 2022 on, you may be entitled to temporary protection according to the Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022 establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection.

Temporary protection will last for at least one year and it may be extended depending on the situation in Ukraine. Rights under the Temporary Protection Directive include a residence permit, access to the labour market and housing, medical assistance, and access to education for children. You may find the relevant application for temporary protection at the link below, which can be submitted at any District Immigration Office of the Police.

For more information and in order to download and fill in your Application for Temporary Protection, please visit the website of the Asylum Service of the Republic of Cyprus. http://www.moi.gov.cy/…/71A7D6D56D2B4B49C22588010055092A