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Factsheet for measure LU-2022-16/2342 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Provision of temporary accommodation for refugees from Ukraine

Nouvelles structures d'hébergement

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 10 April 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category 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)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

03 March 2022

The emergency first reception centre for displaced persons from Ukraine was opened on 25 May 2022. It is located on the Tony Rollman site in Luxembourg-Kirchberg. Open 24/7, it offers shelter to people wishing to apply for temporary protection in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Use of measure

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.

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
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
Local 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


The social partner's are not involved.

Views and reactions

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,


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