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Factsheet for measure NL-2022-14/2809 – measures in Netherlands

Temporary exemption work permit for displaced persons from Ukraine

Overgangsregeling Ontheemden uit Oekraïne op arbeidsmarkt

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2022 – 31 October 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 September 2022 (updated 12 March 2023)

Background information

From 1 April 2022 there is an exemption from the TWV (work permit) requirement for employers who want to employ displaced persons from Ukraine. This allows Ukrainian refugees to start working before all their documents are in order. During this transitional period, refugees from Ukraine will have the opportunity to obtain the correct documents from the Immigration Service, which will confirm their status as temporarily displaced persons. This status gives them, for example, the right to work in the Netherlands. This transitional arrangement initially ran until 31 August 2022 but was later extended until 31 October 2022. The exemption is based on the Temporary Protection Directive of the European Commission.

Content of measure

At this moment Ukrainians, or people who resided lawfully in Ukraine during the outbreak of the war, can apply to the Immigration Service for a sticker in their passport. This sticker is proof that they are residing in the Netherlands on the basis of the Temporary Protection Directive and therefore have access to, among others, the labour market. The EU activated this directive on 4 March 2022, which means that people who flee the conflict in Ukraine will receive protection in the member states of the European Union. It also gives them access to medical care, education and the labour market.

Use of measure

Based on latest data in July, over 24,000 refugees have found work in the Netherlands. The refugees from Ukraine mainly found work in the hospitality industry and through temporary employment agencies. Most refugees have found work in the regions of Greater Amsterdam and The Hague.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
EU (Council, EC, EP)
No special funding required

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



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Eurofound (2022), Temporary exemption work permit for displaced persons from Ukraine, measure NL-2022-14/2809 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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