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Factsheet for measure LV-2022-10/3150 – measures in Latvia

Extraordinary guardianship for the minors from Ukraine

Ārkārtas aizbildņi nepilngadīgajiem bērniem no Ukrainas

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 April 2023 (updated 27 April 2023)

Background information

On 3 March 2022, the Latvian Parliament Saeima adopted the Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians. The purpose of the Law is to provide assistance to Ukrainian civilians who leave Ukraine or who cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict caused by the Russian Federation. The assistance specified in the Law is provided during the course of the armed conflict. Since it was introduced, the Law has been amended several times.

Section 18 of the Law provides extraordinary guardianship for the minors from Ukraine.

Content of measure

Minors from Ukraine who have arrived unaccompanied by their parents are assigned an emergency guardian to represent and care for the children in a safe environment.

The emergency guardian is provided with:

  • Remuneration for fulfilling the duties of an emergency guardian (monthly) – €171, regardless of the number of children.
  • Allowance for child maintenance (monthly) no less than €215 for a child up to the age of seven and €258 per child aged 7-18 years.
  • Allowance for the purchase of clothing and soft furnishings (for example, bed linen, blankets, pillows, mattresses) or necessary items (the amount and order are determined at the level of municipalities).
  • The right to receive the services provided by the non-family care support centre (psychological support).

Latvian residents or Ukrainian civilians can become emergency guardians.

Use of measure

No information up to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
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.

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.


  • 14 April 2023: Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians (
  • 14 April 2023: Par atbalstu Ukrainas civiliedzīvotājiem, Labklājības Ministrija (


Eurofound (2023), Extraordinary guardianship for the minors from Ukraine, measure LV-2022-10/3150 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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