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28 March 2022Brussels

Extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine.

Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine.

Ministers took stock of the means of material and financial support deployed and discussed possible additional financial needs. They also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU. A consolidation at EU level of registration in national databases will make it easier to protect refugees, and in particular unaccompanied minors, and facilitate their travel within the EU.

Ministers took note of the commitments made with regard to the reception of refugees from Moldova, with 14 500 places already proposed. They also welcomed the operational procedures approved by the Commission for the implementation of those evacuation operations.

Finally, ministers reiterated the need for the continued strict application of external border controls. They also supported the mobilisation of the EU network to fight organised and serious crime (EMPACT) in order to avoid the exploitation of the situation by criminals, including via human trafficking, online fraud and embezzlement of funds destined to support refugees or arms trafficking.

Following the meeting, the Commission presented a ten-point joint action plan, coordinated with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, to provide operational responses to the situation.