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Finland extends validity of residence permits for Ukrainian refugees under temporary protection

The Finnish Interior Ministry has announced that it will extend the validity of residence permits for Ukrainian refugees on the basis of temporary protection.

According to the ministry, the legislative project will be extended from September 12, 2022 to March 31, 2023, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

As the ministry explains, refugees from Ukraine will not need to apply for an extension of their residence permit.

In addition, the ministry said that the residence card is issued to Ukrainians so that they can prove that they are legally staying in Finland, in order to avoid possible complications in their daily life in this country.

“Unfortunately, it looks like the war in Ukraine will continue for a long time. This means that the need for assistance will also continue. It is our duty to stand with Ukraine and help the war refugees who arrived in Finland, said Interior Minister Krista Mikkonen, commenting on the extension of the law.

Currently, temporary protection in the EU lasts for one year from the entry into force of the Council Implementing Decision, in the case of Ukrainians, until March 4, 2023. However, the protection will automatically be extended from one year unless the Council decides to end it. In addition, the Council may also decide to extend the temporary protection for more than one year.

In the meantime, based on the Temporary Protection Directive, the total duration cannot exceed three years.

As long as the decision is in force, Finland and all other EU member states are obliged to grant temporary protection to the group specified in the decision and a residence permit to indicate this. Finland issued residence permits based on temporary protection to around 37,000 people who fled Ukraine. It is estimated that the number will be around 48,000 by the end of the year,” says the press release issued by the ministry.

Recently, an online survey conducted by the same ministry revealed that out of 2,136 Ukrainian refugees interviewed who resettled in Finland, around 27% of them said they no longer considered returning to Ukraine.

These data show that a third or 33% of them had decided to return to Ukraine after the end of the war.

According to the survey data, about 51% of respondents had applied for temporary protection in Finland because of Finland’s good reputation. At the same time, 43% applied because of friends or relatives and 18% for work and study.

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