Ukrainian refugees to have temporary protection extended

Ukrainian refugees to have temporary protection extended

Ukrainian refugees in Ireland will benefit from a 12-month extension to their temporary protection permissions, the government has announced.

Some 75,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine have been granted temporary protection in Ireland since 9 March 2022. Each permission is granted for a period of 12 months from the date of issue, meaning that the initial permissions granted will expire on 9 March 2023.

A 12-month extension will be automatically applied, meaning permissions will expire from 9 March 2024 at the earliest.

Simon Harris, justice minister, said: “The Irish government and our colleagues across Europe continue to stand resolutely with the Ukrainian government and its people. The commitment to European solidarity is evident now more than ever and is reflected in the recent EU Commission decision to extend temporary protection until March 2024.

“In that regard, I am pleased to announce the extension of temporary protection permissions to people fleeing the war in Ukraine for a further 12 months to March 2024.

“This will give reassurance to the people who have sought shelter and security here from the war in Ukraine that they will have continued access to the supports that they need. It also provides certainty to the various organisations involved in providing those supports of the future requirements and expectations.”

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