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Factsheet for measure LU-2022-27/2749 – measures in Luxembourg

Recruitment of health professionals fleeing the war in Ukraine

Recrutement des professionnels de la santé pour la prise en charge médicale et de santé des personnes fuyant la guerre en Ukraine

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 June 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Fanny Robert (LISER)
Measure added 11 August 2022 (updated 19 June 2023)

Background information

In order to prepare for the reception of refugees from Ukraine, various emergency accommodation structures have been opened and medical services have been activated. These emergency medical services provide access to essential care. In order to ensure effective support to the refugees, the allocation of additional staff is essential.

The purpose of Law No. 8035 is to recruit health professionals who can provide medical and health care for people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Content of measure

Because of the lack of health professionals in Italy, the government must call upon the health reserve. This programme was set up to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it was not possible to provide new contracts to health professionals under this programme because it was limited to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as found in the amendment of 17 July 2020.

This law allows for the derogation from the amended law of 25 March 2015, which determined the regime and the allowances for state employees. It ensured that people with a medical profession or a care profession can access employment as a state employee. This change will allow for the a quick recruitment of health professionals to respond to the influx of Ukrainian refugees.

Use of measure

This measure is aimed at refugees in Luxembourg who are fleeing the war in Ukraine. They represent 4,300 people. The measure will allow the recruitment of 30 nurses.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in care facilities
Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social insurance
National funds

Social partners

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

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

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

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


No involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

Currently there is an opinion on the Bill of the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des salariés, CSL), parliamentary document No. 8035/2 from 18 July 2022, that mentions concern about the application of the measure and have some questions and remarks concerning the possible perpetuation of fixed-term contracts as some people are to date already hired under such contract by the bill and assigned to one of the position covered by this one.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health professionals



Eurofound (2022), Recruitment of health professionals fleeing the war in Ukraine, measure LU-2022-27/2749 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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