Reuters / Yves Herman


Protection here and now?

The Temporary Protection Directive for displaced persons from Ukraine in the long run

The Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) is an EU legislative instrument for dealing with situations of mass influx of displaced persons. It was introduced in 2001, yet it was not activated until 2022. Activating the TPD was the right choice for the situation at hand, yet some issues remain unresolved six months into its debut.

The prompt and unified response of the EU to the influx of displaced persons from Ukraine came as a surprise to many. Not just because the TPD was put into action for the first time in history, but also because such agreement in the matters of migration and asylum is far from the usual scenario encountered.


There is no doubt that it was an important decision to set the TPD in motion. However, the activation is just the first step. Its implementation and long-term effects need to be given a closer look. The TPD requires solutions that need to be administered in case the temporary stay of displaced persons from Ukraine ought to be extended beyond the envisioned maximum stay of three years under the TPD. Without changing the TPD itself, the aim of this paper is to shed light on the areas that will need to be addressed in the long run. For an example, there should be more focus on the topic of integration of displaced persons, including on more sustainable solutions for municipalities and cities that have been put under pressure due to the high demand.


Read the paper titled “Protection here and now? The Temporary Protection Directive for displaced persons from Ukraine in the long run” here as a PDF.

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