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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-14/2212 – measures in Greece

Access to the labour market and medical care for Ukrainian refugees

Adia diamonis prosorinis prostasias me dikaioma prosvasis stin agora ergasias kai iatrofarmakeftiki perithalpsi gia tous Oukranous prosfiges (Άδεια διαμονής προσωρινής προστασίας με δικαίωμα πρόσβασης στην αγορά εργασίας και ιατροφαρμακευτική περίθαλψη για τους Ουκρανούς πρόσφυγες)

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 28 March 2022 – 04 March 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 06 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

Russia's invasion in Ukraine, created a huge wave of refugees. The Council of the EU on 4 March 2022, noting the massive influx of displaced persons from Ukraine (Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC) decided to implement a temporary protection regime in all the EU countries. In Greece, the Minister of Migration and Asylum, with his Decision no. 172172, on 28 March 2022, activated the implementation of the temporary protection status foreseen by the Presidential Degree 80/2006 due to the massive influx of Ukrainians. This decision refers to displaced persons who resided in Ukraine before 24 February 2022, regulates their stay in Greece, provide for assistance to find a job and have health care. The residence permit is valid until four March 2023.

Content of measure

The Minister of Migration, implementing the No 172172 Decision of 28 March 2022 took a series of measures in order to facilitate the Ukrainian displaced persons in their entry and residence in Greece such as:

  • Creation of an electronic platform for the submission of an application for residence permit, AMKA (social security number) and AFM (Tax Identification Number), necessary for access to the national health system and the labour market.
  • Launch of a platform for housing request and a platform "Help Ukraine” for the provision of assistance (accommodation, services, basic necessities, monetary donation) by international organizations, NGOs, Municipalities and other stakeholders.
  • Operation of 4 centers for the registration and receipt of the temporary protection identity card in different areas of Greece (Attica, Thessaloniki, Patras, Crete). The issuing of the documents started from April 4, 2022.
  • Operation of a “find a job” web page at the Ministry of Migration, for the posting of advertisements from companies offering work to Ukrainian displaced persons.
  • Renew the fixed-term contracts of 221 employees of the central service and regional structures of the relative asylum services.
  • Operation of a call center providing information to Ukrainians.

Use of measure

According to the migration Minister, at least 10,000 Ukrainian refugees had arrived in Greece since 16 March.

By March 11, 2022, 1200 offer requests had been submitted to the "Help Ukraine" platform.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

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


There was no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

There were no social partner's reactions to the measure detected.


  • 14 April 2006: Presidential Degree 80/2006 (
  • 16 March 2022: Mitarakis: Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees arrived in Greece – Targeted actions to support them (Μηταράκης: Πάνω από 10.000 Ουκρανοί πρόσφυγες έφτασαν στην Ελλάδα – Στοχευμένες ενέργειες για τη στήριξή τους (
  • 28 March 2022: Decision of the Minister of Migration No 172172 of 28 March 2022 (
  • 07 April 2022: How the Oukrainian refugees will employ in Greece (
  • 18 April 2022: Ministry of Migration -Frequent questions (
  • 17 May 2022: Ministry of Migration monthly bulletin April 2022 (


Eurofound (2022), Access to the labour market and medical care for Ukrainian refugees, measure GR-2022-14/2212 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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