The European Commission today outlined the full range of actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of refugees fleeing the war against Ukraine.
Since the Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks. Around 6.5 million people are estimated to be displaced internally. The EU’s welcome to those who arrived on EU territory is epitomised by the first-ever activation of the Temporary Protection Directive, offering quick assistance and a clear legal status.
Beyond the immediate support provided in terms of assistance at the border, reception and civil protection, the EU is taking further steps to help Member States ensure refugees can effectively access their right to education, healthcare, accommodation and jobs.
The available support includes:
Solidarity in action
The Commission has set up a Solidarity Platform, bringing together Member States and EU Agencies, to coordinate support to Member States in need. The Platform will help organise the transfers of people within the EU to the Member States that have reception capacity and can also help establish pathways towards non-EU countries that already host significant Ukrainian communities, such as Canada or the United Kingdom. Solidarity has also come from the private sector, with many transport companies organising humanitarian trains and providing free tickets to those fleeing.
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Communication on Welcoming those fleeing war in Ukraine: Readying Europe to meet the needs
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