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EU plans to grant Ukrainians the right to stay for up to 3 years

the European Union is about to grant Ukrainians who flee the warhe has the right to stay and work in the 27-nation bloc for up to three yearssaid senior European and French officials.

At least 300,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered the EU so far, and the bloc needs to prepare for millions more, they said. EU members Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary have land borders with Ukraine. “It is our duty to welcome those fleeing war”, Gérald Darmanin, French Minister of the Interior Recount Television France 2 on Monday, saying the EU interior minister had instructed the European Commission on Sunday to prepare draft proposals to give them protection.

Ministers will meet again on Thursday to agree details. the European directive on temporary protectiondeveloped after the 1990s war in the Balkans, but never used until now, foresees the same level of protectionfor one to three yearsin all EU statesincluding a residence permit, access to employment, social assistance and medical care.

European Commissioner for Home Affairs ylva johansson said most ministers had backed the decision on Sunday, simply questioning whether now was the right time to do so or whether it was better to wait a bit. The issue, she said, concerns the whole of the EU. “We are already seeing a lot of Ukrainians leaving countries of first entry and going to other member states, especially those that already have a large Ukrainian population,” she told a press conference on Sunday. . “Poland is part of it but also Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic.”

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser added: “All EU member states are ready to accept refugees from Ukraine. This is a strong response from Europe to the terrible suffering that Putin is inflicting with his war of criminal aggression: Together we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

Citing UN estimates, Janez LenarcicEuropean Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said four million Ukrainians expected to flee the country as refugees. Men of conscription age being prevented from leaving Ukraine, especially women and children arrive at the border in the east Poland, Slovakia and Hungary and in the north and northeast Romania.