18:01 / 31.03.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Amendments to two laws for health and social assistance to refugees from Ukraine

Reception of Ukrainian refugees

Reception of Ukrainian refugees

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Refugees from Ukraine will be able to exercise their rights to health care and rights from the social welfare system in Croatia to the same extent as insured persons from compulsory health insurance, i.e. asylum seekers and foreigners under subsidiary protection.

The Government has proposed this with amendments to the Compulsory Health Insurance and Health Protection of Foreigners Act and amendments to the Social Welfare Act of the Republic of Croatia, which were sent to Croatian Parliament from the cabinet session.


Amendments to these laws were submitted into parliamentary procedure based on the decision of the EU Council of March 4 on the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine.


It introduced temporary protection for Ukrainian citizens residing in Ukraine and have been displaced on or after February 24 due to the military invasion by the Russian armed forces.


Amendments to the Law on Compulsory Health Insurance and Health Care of Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia regulate that persons under temporary protection are entitled to health care to the same extent as insured persons from compulsory health insurance, i.e. asylum seekers and foreigners under subsidiary protection.


Amendments to the Social Welfare Act enable them to receive benefits and services in the social welfare system to the same extent as foreigners under subsidiary protection and asylum seekers.


According to the current law, a foreigner under subsidiary protection and an asylum seeker have all the rights established by law, while a person under temporary protection has only the right to a one-time compensation and accommodation service.


Source: HRT


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