Important change of Temporary Protection Directive for non-Ukrainian refugees
As of 19 July, refugees from Ukraine without the Ukrainian nationality, who had a temporary residence permit there, are no longer covered by the Temporary Protection Directive. This means that they are no longer entitled to municipal reception, education and medical care.
This amendment applies regardless of whether people of other nationalities came directly from Ukraine, or came via another EU country. Refugees from Ukraine without Ukrainian citizenship with a permanent residence permit on 23 February 2022, who have not left Ukraine by 27 November 2021, and who have not returned to their country of origin after 23 February 2022, will continue to be covered.
Anyone who registered in the Dutch population register (BRP) before 19 July will also continue to be covered. For these people, however, their temporary protection ends on 4 March 2023. People of other nationalities who were refugees recognised by Ukraine remain a target group of the directive without prejudice.
To check whether someone falls under the directive, the IND will set up a separate location. This is expected in early August. It is not clear whether people about whom there is doubt whether they fall under the Directive may remain in the reception centres until that time.
People who are no longer covered may choose to return to their country of origin. The Dutch Repatriation and Departure Service can help with this. They can also choose to go through the normal asylum procedure. To do so, they must go to Ter Apel. The IND and other parties involved are also making preparations for this.