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Factsheet for measure EE-2022-23/2879 – measures in Estonia

Camp support measure for the integration of Ukrainian and Estonian children

Laagrite toetusmeede Ukraina ja Eesti noorte lõimumiseks

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 30 May 2022 – 17 June 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 14 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)

Background information

Due to the Russian war against Ukraine, thousands of children have arrived to Estonia. To support their adaptation in Estonian culture, develop their Estonian language skills at the basic level and their readiness to enter formal and non-formal education in Estonian, the Ministry of Education and Health provides support measure for youth workers and schools to carry out camps for children.

Content of measure

The organisation of overnight camps (duration 7-14 days) and day camps (duration 5-14 days) with at least 10 participants aged 7-19 is supported. Between 30% to 50% of the participants must know Estonian language at a good level of communication.

Camp activities should be prepared or carried out in cooperation with educational, youth work or integration institutions and the local government, taking into account that:

  1. the share of activities supporting Estonian language acquisition and social communication would cover a minimum of 1/3 of the camp's activities;
  2. the share of youth activities, including informal education and activities, would cover a minimum of 1/3 of the camp's activities;
  3. supports the mental health of young people, including coping with the crisis.

Up to €10 per participant can be collected as a participation fee.

The application round for the support was open between 30 May and 17 June 2022, the camps must be organised by 30 October. The budget is €2.8 million and it is allocated from the supplementary state budget approved by the Parliament on 18 May 2022.

Use of measure

A total of 138 camps which provide a total of 280 shifts have been approved which will cost a total of €1.9 million. More than 11,000 Estonian and Ukrainian children will participate in those camps. 42 camps are conducted as overnight camps and the rest as day camps.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)
Youth (18-25)
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
National 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


No information about social partners' involvement.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 26 May 2022: Riik toetab Eesti ja Ukraina noorte lõimumist edendavate laagrite korraldamist (The state supports the organisation of camps promoting the integration of Estonian and Ukrainian youth) (
  • 26 May 2022: Laagrite toetusmeede (Camp support measure) (
  • 15 July 2022: Ukraina ja Eesti noortele toimub üle Eesti 280 lõimumise ja keeleõppe laagrivahetust (280 integration camp shifts will take place) (


Eurofound (2022), Camp support measure for the integration of Ukrainian and Estonian children, measure EE-2022-23/2879 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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