About 25,930 of the Ukrainians received temporary protection in the kingdom of Belgium. The authorities have allowed them to stay for a period of one year, access to health care, labour market, and benefits, as per the information revealed by Eurostat.
Eurostat is the European Union’s statistics agency. Till now, the largest issuer of temporary protection was neighbouring nation Poland, which issued 675,085 statuses to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Czechia given 244,650 statuses, and Slovakia 58,750.
Moreover, the overwhelming majority of the persons receiving temporary protection in Europe were Ukrainians, but applications were also accepted for citizens of Russia (575) as well as Belarus (325) in Poland.
March saw the most significant influx of migrants out of Ukraine, but data for April suggest that new registration are down. Poland witnessed 249 465 fewer applications compared to the month before. Similarly, there were reductions in Slovakia (-45,310) and Portugal (-15,635).
Along with this, in relation to the national population, the highest ratio of Ukrainian citizens granted temporary protection in March was Czechia, with 22.9 protections per thousand inhabitants. In Poland, this figure was 17.8, in Slovakia 10.8, as well as in Estonia 10.5.
All of the young people made up the majority of the people from war-torn Ukraine looking for protection in Poland. In March, Ukrainian children under the age of 18 accounted for 5 percent of the application, or 361,565 people.
Of the adults looking for protection in Europe, two-thirds were women and girls. The largest share of women receiving temporary protection was in Poland, which was 66 percent, in Czechia at 68 percent, and in Slovakia at 70 percent. Of men seeking safety and protection, the vast majority were under military age.
There are about 45,000 people from Ukraine with temporary protection residing in Belgium. Belgium’s Asylum and Migration Minister, Sammy Mahdi, is looking to make it possible for Ukrainian refugees to continue working after their temporary protection status expires.
Furthermore, in Flanders, some of 1,700 Ukrainians are currently looking for a job, and about 5,000 vacancies have been registered for Ukrainians who have already found a job.