The EU has introduced a directive on temporary protection for refugees fleeing Ukraine. The Council Decision entered into force on 4 March 2022, leaving the Member States with discretion to determine the exact target group for protection. In Finland, protection was granted even to a wider group of Ukrainian refugees than the EU-level decision. The decision will remain in force until 4 March 2023.
Due to the current situation in Ukraine, the number of Ukrainians arriving in Finland is growing rapidly. The Ministry of the Interior estimates that at least 40 000–80 000 refugees may arrive in Finland from Ukraine this year. With this, the number of employment contracts signed with Ukrainians will also increase. People with temporary protection are able to work without restrictions in Finland. They can also register as jobseekers at the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Services).
Here is an overview of the actions an employer should consider when hiring a Ukrainian: