Czechia Extends Temporary Protection for Ukrainian Refugees Until March 2023 – Reduces Financial Aid

The government of the Czech Republic has announced that Ukrainian refugees can continue living in its territory under the status of temporary protection until March 31 of the next year.

The same has stated that in order to stay legally in the Czech Republic after March 31, the status of temporary protection will have to be extended, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the information portal for help, VisitUkraine.today, for the extension of the temporary protection status, Ukrainians will have to personally visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic until March 30, 2023, to complete the online registration as well.

Ukrainian citizens will have to indicate their place of residence in the Czech Republic and the name and address of the school where the child is enrolled, if applicable.

Refugees from Ukraine currently have the right to live in temporary accommodation for no more than 30 days, and in free accommodation for no more than 150 days.

Based on these changes, Ukrainians will have the right to continue living in the temporary housing of their choice but will have to pay for it. As a result, the price of housing must be set in writing.

As the Ministry of Labor of the Czech Republic explains, with the submission of new rules to the government, the amount of financial assistance received by Ukrainian refugees in the country will be reduced, where the refugees’ income will be taken into account when calculating the assistance. In addition, the Ministry of Labor said that the first payment will not be automatic.

In this regard, the amount of financial assistance for Ukrainians will correspond to the country’s vital minimum, which includes a smaller amount for displaced persons instead of 5,000 crowns, they will receive 4,860 crowns for adults and 3,490 crowns for children.

On the other hand, the financial assistance for pensioners and persons with disabilities will increase by 1.5 times more than the vital minimum, which means that the payment will be 7290 kroner for adults and 5235 kroner for children.

Moreover, financial aid from the state can also be received by refugees whose income does not even reach the amount of humanitarian aid. Thus, to receive support, a childless adult refugee must earn less than 4,860 kroner a month, and a mother with two children less than 11,840 kroner.

The authorities also say that after six months, they will check if the applicant has obstacles to entering the labour market: such as caring for a small child, pension, or studies.

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