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Factsheet for measure BE-2022-10/2404 – measures in Belgium

Flemish financial support for municipalities to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees

Financiële ondersteuning voor gemeentes

Country Belgium , applies regionally

Time period Open ended, started on 05 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

Ukrainian refugees are not directed towards asylum centres and are passed on to the local level once they have been received by Fedasil (the federal services responsible for refugees in Belgium).

Given the significant responsibilities and challenges this creates the Flemish governments provides support via information webinars, specific task forces, etc.

In addition to the government backed calls to individuals to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees, local authorities of municipalities are also an important channel and source to organise additional places to stay.

Content of measure

Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon, minister Bart Somers (Open VLD) and minister of housing Matthias Diependaele (N-VA) decided to also support the municipalities financially. For collective and structural reception structures of at least three months, they receive €1,000 per place. These can be existing places or new ones.

The financial support is not meant for people who voluntarily receive and shelter Ukrainian refugees. The Flemish government has established the measure under the assumption that these forms of housing are only for a short period of time and that people in these situations will quickly move on to a more permanent reception location.

Use of measure

Not stated.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Local / regional government
Regional funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions



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Eurofound (2022), Flemish financial support for municipalities to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees, measure BE-2022-10/2404 (measures in Belgium), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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