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Factsheet for measure LU-2022-16/2342 – Updated – measures in Luxembourg
|Country||Luxembourg , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 10 April 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
|Author||Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 May 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)|
Around 4,000 people who fled Ukraine have taken refuge in Luxembourg since the beginning of the Russian invasion. But accommodation for asylum seekers is sometimes difficult, as there is a lack of suitable accommodation. In order to continue to welcome Ukrainian refugees, the State, municipalities, NGOs and population are mobilised to offer new accommodations.
As a matter of urgency, the Department of Immigration and Asylum announces the opening of a new temporary accommodation facility with a capacity of 1,200 places. The National Office for Reception (ONA) plans to open six temporary accommodation facilities for applicants for international protection (STHDPI) in 2022 with a total of 466 beds.
In addition, local, public and private initiatives allow the development of new reception methods. Nearly 33 municipalities have committed themselves to transforming empty buildings into accommodation for asylum seekers. In Differdange and Echternach, hotels have been transformed into accommodation for refugees. In Schifflange, refugees will be housed in tiny houses. The city of Luxembourg has also created additional accommodation possibilities for people coming from Ukraine.
Finally, Caritas and Red Cross with the support of the Ministry for Family, Integration and the Greater Region are coordinating the initiatives of residents who have offered or are offering accommodations.
In May 2022, about 900 schoolchildren are welcomed in the schools. It is estimated that around 1,200 pupils will be welcomed in the coming months. Some forecasts consider 4,000 students.
Actually, no budgetary information has been communicated.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
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:
The social partner's are not involved.
Teachers have already made considerable efforts during the pandemic. In the context of the reception of almost 1,200 Ukrainian pupils, the trade unions (SMW (trade union, erzeihung, wessenschaft), SNE (national teachers' union)) believe that teachers would be able to do their work if they were not burdened by too many other tasks.
They believe that they need to have the necessary staff and infrastructure. Also, a psychological service would be useful for children who may be traumatised.
In conclusion, the trade unions called for a frank dialogue with the Ministry and a reduction of the administrative burden. They also regretted that they had not been involved in the development of the reception plan for refugee children.
Eurofound (2022), Provision of temporary accommodation for refugees from Ukraine, measure LU-2022-16/2342 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LU-2022-16_2342.html
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