Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EE-2022-17/2319 – measures in Estonia
|Country||Estonia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 22 April 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||18 May 2022 (updated 20 September 2022)|
To ease the adaptation of the Ukranian war refugees in Estonia, the Estonian Refugee Centre provides information and support to the refugees in various ways. This includes group counselling. The group counselling sessions are organised in cooperation with different NGOs, private companies, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Labour Inspectorate.
The Ukrainian refugees can sign up for free-of-charge group counselling-workshop sessions which are held in different locations in Estonia. The sessions are held in Russian language.
Group counselling concentrates on four topics:
On 29 August, altogether 1,7190 refugees have participated in the sessions. A total of 98 adaptation workshops, 114 digital skills workshops, 49 children’s adaption and education workshops and 11 employment workshops.
On 16 May 2022, altogether 120 refugees have participated in the sessions which have taken place in five different towns in Estonia.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public employment service
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:
Eurofound (2022), Group counselling on various subjects for Ukrainian refugees, measure EE-2022-17/2319 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EE-2022-17_2319.html
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