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One of the European countries wants to radically change the rules for Ukrainian refugees: who will be affected

Darina GertsevaNews
Rules for Ukrainian refugees in Norway have changed
Rules for Ukrainian refugees in Norway have changed. Source: Freepik

Norway is proposing to extend collective protection for Ukrainians from 3 to 5 years, which will give the Norwegian government and parliament more time and opportunities to resolve the situation with Ukrainian refugees . The possibility of issuing regular residence permits is also being considered.

This was reported on the website of the Norwegian government. "The situation in Ukraine remains unpredictable, and the possibility of extending the permit for two additional years will allow us to make informed decisions at a time convenient for us," said Emilie Enger Mel, Minister of the Ministry of Justice and Emergency Situations.

Previously, permits under the temporary collective protection scheme were issued for one year, but now they can be extended for up to three years. In March 2025, for the first Ukrainians to arrive in Norway, they will reach the maximum period under the current legislation.

Future decisions will take into account the processes in other European countries . Even if the period of temporary collective protection is extended, the government may consider abolishing the scheme and moving to regular permits before the five-year period expires.

Who can be granted temporary protection in Norway

Temporary collective protection is available to all citizens of Ukraine and their families who have been displaced by the war. You cannot receive collective protection if:

  • did not reside in Ukraine before February 24, 2022;
  • resided in Norway or another country before February 24, 2022;
  • have a residence permit in Norway;
  • are not a citizen of Ukraine but have a residence permit in Ukraine.

Benefits for refugees in Norway

Ukrainians who cannot provide for themselves receive financial assistance in Norway. They are entitled to monthly payments.

During the integration program, the first six months of the payment is approximately 1,800 euros (76,097 UAH) per adult. Over time, this amount is adjusted, reducing it to approximately 650 euros (27,479 UAH) per adult and from 250 (10,569 UAH) to 350 euros (14,796 UAH) for each child.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, the German government, faced with a large number of Ukrainian refugees who refuse job offers, is considering the possibility of terminating financial support for this group of people. According to the latest data, 77% of Ukrainian refugees express their intention to stay in the country for the next two years.

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