Webinar 20 September: Long-term perspectives for refugees from Ukraine in the EU

The temporary protection system under which nearly six million people who have fled from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine are legally living in the European Union is set to expire in Spring 2025. Without further action, many of these refugees risk being left in limbo.


To stimulate the discussion about possible longer-term solutions for people from Ukraine in the EU, the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) has published the report When Temporary Protection Ends: longer-term solutions for refugees from Ukraine, written by Dr Meltem Ineli Ciger, Associate Professor at Suleyman Demirel University.

The report considers the options available to EU and national policymakers once the maximum duration of temporary protection is reached. These include the processing of asylum applications by people from Ukraine, either on an individual or collective basis; granting Ukrainians long-term resident status; and giving them other types of residence permits or access to citizenship. The paper argues that a common EU approach would be better than a patchwork of different national solutions.

At a webinar on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, Dr Ciger presented the results of her research including recommendations. Further comments, reflections and recommendations were provided and discussed by academics, representatives of civil society, and EU asylum policymakers.

A recording will soon be available on this page.

  • 20 September 2023 11:30 - 12:45
  • Online via Zoom
  • Meltem Ineli Ciger, Associate Professor, Suleyman Demirel University
  • Viktoryia Vaitovich, Policy Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Cecilie Becker-Christensen Saenz Guerrero, Senior Policy Officer, UNHCR
  • Kamilla Solieva, Policy Advisor to MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt - G/EFA)
  • Bernd Parusel, Senior Researcher, SIEPS