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Refugees without Ukrainian citizenship allowed to stay 6 months longer

Published at: 2/14/2023, 12:47 PM

Refugees from Ukraine who do not have Ukrainian nationality are entitled to Temporary Protection in the Netherlands until 4 September 2023. Initially, they were to receive Temporary Protection until 4 March, but this was extended by 6 months.

The criteria

The extension of temporary protection applies to people who:

  • had a temporary residence permit in Ukraine, AND:

  • registered in the Netherlands in the Dutch population register (BRP) before 19 July 2022.

You retain the right to stay in the reception centre for people from Ukraine. In addition, you keep the right to medical care, living allowance, education up to age 18 and the opportunity to work.

Still no other reception centres

Mayors in the Netherlands asked State Secretary Eric van der Burg – he deals with matters of Asylum – to extend the Temporary Protection Directive for people without Ukrainian citizenship. No other reception centre has yet been arranged for them.

After the end of Temporary Protection, thousands more people would arrive at the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) at once. Mayors are worried about this because it is already so crowded there that emergency reception centres are required.

Asylum requests

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) will start processing asylum applications of people from Ukraine without Ukrainian citizenship.

After 4 September, protection under the temporary directive will expire. If at that time the asylum application is still pending, then you do have a right to regular asylum reception.