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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-16/2313 – measures in Estonia

One-time payment to support Ukrainian refugee children starting school

Ühekordne koolitoetus Ukraina põgenike lastele

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 13 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 May 2022 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

Ukrainian refugee children have the opportunity to start or continue their education in Estonia. To ease the process of adapting to the new country and school, the government will help purchase what is needed for the children to start school. The Estonian Refugee Council pays a one-off support to these children under this measure. The support is paid for by donations.

Content of measure

A one-off payment of lump sum in the amount of €50 is paid to Ukrainian war refugee children starting school in Estonia by the Estonian Refugee Council. To be eligible, the children must have received international protection or temporary protection, must start school in Estonia for the first time and must be admitted to school at the time of application. After submitting an application, the support is paid to the bank account of the parent or guardian of the child within ten working days. The support is paid per child, thus a family can receive the support for several children.

Use of measure

As of 5 June 2023, a total of 5,016 children received support. The total allotted was €250,700.

As of 5 December 2022, a total of 4,403 children received the support. The total allotted was €220,150.

As of 29 August 2022, 2,584 applications had been received 1,987 had been approved and payments had been made. A total of 2,612 children received the support. The total allotted was €130,600.

As of 16 May 2022, 1,205 applications had been received by the Estonian Refugee Council of which 748 have been approved. A total of 988 children have received the support. The total amount allotted was €49,900. The rest of the applications are being processed.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

Not available.


  • 13 April 2022: The Estonian Refugee Council Pays One-Off School Support to Refugee Children Starting School in Estonia (
  • 16 May 2022: Overview of Estonian Refugee Council on May 16 (
  • 29 August 2022: Eesti Pagulasabi 29. augusti ülevaade Ukraina teemal (Estonian Refugee Council 29 August overview on Ukraine) (
  • 05 June 2023: Overview of Estonian Refugee Council activities 5 Juna 2023 (


Eurofound (2022), One-time payment to support Ukrainian refugee children starting school, measure EE-2022-16/2313 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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