Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Fezer, expressed support for extending the protection status for Ukrainian military refugees in the European Union. Fezer stated her endorsement of extending this status in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe newspaper and will discuss the decision with other EU interior ministers.
EU Proposes Extending Protection Rules for Ukrainians
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, announced that the Commission will propose expanding temporary protection rules for Ukrainians in the EU. According to von der Leyen, military refugees should be able to stay in the EU at least until March 2025.
EU Activates Directive for “Mass Influx” of Refugees Due to Russian Aggression
The EU’s directive for a “mass influx” of displaced persons was activated by EU countries shortly after the start of Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine. The current extension of this directive is valid until March 4, 2024, and it is likely that its validity will be extended until March 2025.
One of the advantages of this rule is that affected individuals do not need to undergo a lengthy asylum application process. They also immediately gain access to social benefits, education, housing, and work permits.
Fezer asserts that thanks to joint efforts, many lives have been saved, and they must continue to provide assistance as long as the dreadful war in Ukraine persists.