Following an unprecedented influx of refugees into the European Union, the European Commission will announce plans on Wednesday to ensure that those fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have access to jobs, education, and accommodation.
Following an unprecedented influx of refugees into the European Union, the European Commission will lay out plans on Wednesday to ensure that those fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have access to jobs, education”After fleeing Ukraine, about 3.4 million individuals, mostly women and children, have already arrived in the EU. With an average of one child coming in the EU every second, the scale and speed are unparalleled “Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the Commission, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The EU’s early steps concentrated on receiving Ukrainians at the border, with Frontex, Europol, and the EU asylum agency all receiving increased staffing. After a meeting of European affairs ministers in Brussels, Sefcovic said, “Now we must ensure that the right resources are in place to meet their demands.”
“With a particular focus on children,” he said, the Commission will detail a series of actions on Wednesday to ensure access to education, jobs, healthcare, and housing. People who were permanent residents of Ukraine were granted “temporary protection” by the European Union, which included residency rights, labor market access, social welfare, and medical treatment.
EU countries would also be able to use up to 10 billion euros ($11.0 billion) from an existing crisis response fund to assist displaced individuals, according to Sefcovic. (1 dollar = 0.9064 euro)