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25.03.20

The Right to Protection has launched a project aimed at integrating refugees and asylum seekers into Ukrainian society, in particular through their employment. Nowadays, one of the main problems for refugee or complementary protection holders, as well as asylum seekers is the problem of employment. To address this, in March 2020 our project “Innovative Ways to Integrate Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ukraine” was launched.

For its part, Right to Protection offers and ensures:

  • support in the preparation of the package of documents required for official employment;
  • matching potential employees with employers in accordance with the job requirements;
  • coordination of communication between the potential employer and persons interested in obtaining a job.

Please contact us, if you:

  • are looking for a job;
  • need help in drafting a resume, preparing for an interview, and finding a job;
  • want to receive a TAX ID Number;
  • need assistance in supporting your private enterprise?
  • have a valid passport/other ID document

We can help! Please contact v.mykhalko@r2p.in.ua or write a message to Viber on 063 411 72 92

Project description

Every minute, 20 people around the world are forced to abruptly drop everything, leave their lives behind, and escape violence. According to UNHCR more than 26 million refugees and 3.5 million asylum seekers were forced to flee their homes in 2019. Some of these people end up receiving protective status in Ukraine; the State Migration Service says that as of January 1st, 2019, there were 2,620 refugees and more than 5,500 asylum seekers in the country. 

However, despite being beyond the reach of the violence they fled from, these people still face massive challenges in beginning their lives anew. In particular, it can be extremely difficult for them to find gainful and lawful employment due to employers’ lack of knowledge about their legal circumstances regarding the right to work. 

In March of 2018, in order to address this outstanding challenge, R2P launched the Innovative Ways to Integrate project. The overall goal of the project is to find ways to integrate refugees and asylum seekers within the territories of Ukraine. In particular, the project aims to help refugees and asylum seekers find employment, as well as solutions to everyday challenges (birth and marriage registration, etc.), so that they can begin to live normal, self-sustaining lives. 

Since then, R2P has developed and now manages a database of more than 500 resumés of refugees, complementary protection holders, and asylum seekers in Ukraine. We have also built a network of socially responsible employers who fill their vacancies through our services. This exchange is beneficial for all parties because Ukrainian companies often experience high turnover and staffing shortages, and they are in need of people just like our beneficiaries. 

However, our work is far from done! There are many more individuals in need of work, and there are many more positions that need to be filled. A new phase of this project will focus on addressing the problem of access to employment starting in March 2020.

R2P continues our ongoing outreach to refugee communities and to potential employers. We are keeping our databases updated with skilled people looking for jobs, and we are continuing to conduct outreach and educational seminars to inform Ukrainian businesses about what they need to know when hiring refugees. 

23.03.20

What to do if the duration of «dovidka» has expired during quarantine period COVID-19?

  1. Contact R2P (Right to protection) office and inform about the date when your DOVIDKA has expired (or is going to be expired). 
    Kiev: +38 093 049 52 18; +38 094 905 67 62; +38 044 337 17 62
    Kharkiv: 094-811-1764
    Alternatively, write us on Viber, WhatsApp: +38 093 038 95 62
  2. Make a picture of your DOVIDKA (if it is possible) and to send it to the Viber number of Migration service +38 093-020-95-48
  3. Contact the Viber number of Migration service +38 093-020-95-48 right after the quarantine period and visit the premises of Migration service during 30 days after the quarantine period for DOVIDKA extension without fine.
  4. Be in contact with R2P office as for the difficulties in this issue.
  5. Stay at home and keep low profile.
23.03.20

We have to suspend the reception of citizens in our offices and monitoring visits due to quarantine. However, we stay in touch on our hotline and continue to provide legal aid to anyone in need.

Hotline to IDPs:

+38 (099) 507 50 90
+38 (068) 507 50 90
+38 (093) 507 50 90

19.03.20

Events are moving fast lately. This is particularly true at the EECPs. It’s notable that new constraints have been added for crossing the line of contact:

As of midnight on March 16th, and continuing through April 3rd (with possible extension at a later time), crossing from the temporarily occupied territories by persons without registration demonstrating permanent residence in Government Controlled Areas (GCA) has been halted. Our monitors are working, as always, to help people sort out the complications that arise as a result of this order at the EECPs.

EECP Stanytsia Luhanska

16.03.2020. A woman with stage 4 cancer, who was discharged from the hospital in Luhansk to spend her remaining days at home, had an issue with crossing. She was trying to cross from NGCA to GCA, where she is a registered resident, but she did not have one of the documents (permit to cross the contact line.) No one knew how to proceed. However, luckily, a relevant service provider (Coordination Group – CG) who could issue a clearance was present, and so they let her pass. But in the future, CG will be only available by email in case of unusual circumstances.

EECP Novotroitske

16.03.2020. A woman was heading to NGCA with her great-grandchild without having power of attorney from the child’s parents. The child had been staying with her for a week, and the mother had already gone back to NGCA. When they later tried to bring the girl home, the woman was not allowed to cross because she didn’t have the proper paperwork. The mother also could not cross to get her daughter because of the quarantine. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine made a concession and allowed the child to cross through alone and meet her parents on the NGCA side of the checkpoint.

13.03.20

For better action in the future, it is time to reflect on the achievements of the 3P Consortium, created by ACTED in 2019 to Prevent, Prepare and Protect (3P) communities and infrastructure from risks of industrial and ecological disasters in Eastern Ukraine.

Read more about 3P Consortium achievements from 2019 in the Consortium newsletter available here.

20.02.20

To reduce vulnerability to disaster risk in eastern Ukraine, R2P takes part in two eponymous projects “Reducing Disaster Risk (DRR) Vulnerability in Eastern Ukraine” implemented by a 3P Consortium led by ACTED with participation of IMPACT Initiatives and the Red Cross Movement (through the Danish Red Cross). 

The aim of the first one, which is funded by the European Union (through the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), is to improve understanding of, and promote and take measures towards preparedness to industrial/ecological risks including those exacerbated by the armed conflict in raions and municipalities which border the Line of Contact. Project activities include area-based local planning and capacity-enhancing support on risk management; desk research on industrial/ecological risks and policies pertaining to these sectors; recommendations for legislative/policy amendments (targeting national/regional authorities; international actors); advocacy for the implementation of existing norms/laws and priorities and investments identified in local plans; increased community and household awareness of risks and basic preparedness measures. R2P leads the activity cluster comprising the legal analyses, recommendations and advocacy component. 

The second project is funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and aims to improve understanding of, and promote and take measures towards preparedness to multi-hazard risks in the same areas. Activities also include area-based planning and capacity-enhancing support on risk management; development of local risk mitigation and preparedness plans; and increased community and household awareness of risks and basic preparedness measures. In addition, the project has a water safety planning component. Under this second project, R2P leads the organization and implementation of 15 trainings on protection and humanitarian principles for local authorities in 5 communities in government-controlled Donbas.

18.02.20

Today we present R2P report ‘Crossing the contact line’’. It is based on data collected during 35 visits to the five entry-exit checkpoints (EECPs) in January 2020. More statistical data can be found here.

Highlights:

  • An 84-year-old man died at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP in the morning of January 21. The preliminary cause of death is unknown. According to the information from public sources, a woman of 75 years old died at “Horlivka” checkpoint in NGCA on January 4.
  • The problem of people being unable to return to the NGCA due to being listed in the debtor’s register is growing more serious and widespread. In some cases, people remain in the register even after having paid all their debts because of bureaucratic delays and discrepancies. The issue forces people to stay in the GCA, which leads to additional expenditures, problems with employment (people may be fired for long absence), temporary family separation and other issues. R2P monitors reported that the average number of such individuals ranges from 1 per week to 5 per day, depending on the EECP.
  • In January, minors over 14 years old without Ukrainian passports had issues while crossing the contact line due to CMU Resolution №815. Minors in this situation, along with their parents or caregivers were transferred to the national police staff at the EECP to file a document, confirming their intention to apply for a passport and explaining why the child did not obtain it before attempting to cross. The State Migration Service certificate of application for passport is required for them to return to NGCA.
  • The share of complaints regarding long lines sharply decreased from 53% to 21%. It was most likely caused by a significant decrease in the number of crossings.
  • During the month of January, 25,550 vulnerable elderly persons were provided with transportation support at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP by NGO Proliska electric vehicle. According to the monitoring observations, the estimated number of civilians transported by the bus, provided by Luhansk Oblast Administration, was around 125,000.

The document is available in English and in Ukrainian languages.

13.12.19

Today we present the report ‘Crossing the line of contact’. It is based on data collected during 40 visits to the five entry-exit checkpoints (EECPs) in November 2019. More statistical data can be found on the Eastern Ukraine Checkpoint Monitoring Online Dashboard.

  • The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Resolution №815 came into force on November 28 with a significant number of amendments included. Although some of the amendments facilitated the crossing procedure for children under the age of 14, the other ones complicated it for those over the age of 14 who did not obtain an internal passport yet. Cases of civilians with such children being denied access to GCA* were observed since then.
  • The completion of the reconstruction of the bridge at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP was officially announced on November 20. The reconstructed bridge remains pedestrian-only, however it is claimed that an ambulance or small vehicle can drive through if necessary.
  • Conditions in waiting modules at Marinka EECP have worsened: most heaters do not operate; almost all of the wooden benches are broken.
  • Electricity disruptions were happening at Marinka and Maiorske EECPs, interrupting the operation of control procedures. Thus, people at Marinka EECP were crowding in the modules, which led to stuffiness and elderlies feeling unwell. Disruptions at Maiorske took up to a day, causing the temperature decrease in waiting modules, sanitation modules and SES tents
  • The share of complaints about long lines in NGCA considerably increased at Hnutove, Novotroitske and Maiorske EECP (by 20% in average). However, the reasons of such increase are unknown due to the lack of information from NGCA.
  • Two bomb shelters were in construction at Novotroitske EECP during the reporting period.

The report is based on the results of a survey conducted by R2P at the five EECPs to enter the NGCA and administered on a regular basis since June 2017. The survey is a part of the monitoring of violations of rights of conflict-affected populations within the framework of the project ‘Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to IDPs’ implemented by R2P, with the support of UNHCR. The purpose of the survey is to explore reasons and concerns of those traveling from the NGCA to the GCA, as well as conditions and risks associated with crossing the line of contact through EECPs. The information collected in the survey helps identify protection needs, gaps and trends, and provides an evidentiary basis for advocacy efforts.

The document can be downloaded in English and Ukrainian.

27.11.19

The report is prepared based on the results of monitoring of territorial units of the State Migration Service of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the government-controlled areas, as well as on the results of analysis of current legislative framework and law-enforcement practice by territorial units of the State Migration Service in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This report identifies the main problems and trends in issuance of the passport of a citizen of Ukraine to the persons, who apply to the territorial units of the State Migration Service in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the government-controlled areas of Ukraine, with a focus on the peculiarities of documenting the persons from the nongovernment controlled areas of Ukraine.

The monitoring lasted for 11 weeks in total: from May 20 to June 07 and from July 10 to August 30, 2019. Preparation of this report was preceded by monitoring of the territorial units of the SMS in Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the government-controlled areas carried out by the team of monitors of the CF “The Right to Protection”.

Read the full version of the report here.

18.11.19

Today we present The report ‘Crossing the line of contact’ covering October 2019, prepared by CF “Right to Protection” (R2P). It is based on information collected in October during 49 visits to 5 entry-exit checkpoints (EECPs). More statistical data can be found on the Eastern Ukraine Checkpoint Monitoring Online Dashboard.

  • The movement across the contact line at Stanytsia Luhanska EECP was suspended on October 11 around 12:00 due to a bomb threat call. Police and SES staff immediately evacuated civilians from the EECP, its service zones and the objects listed in the call. No explosive objects were found in the thorough inspection. The EECP resumed operation after 15:00.
  • On October 28 the CMU Resolution №815 was postponed for 30 days due to the concerns it raised among civilians and humanitarian actors. According to the Resolution, children under the age of 14 would have international passports to cross the contact line. 
  • Individuals applying to the CG representative at Marinka EECP complained that they applied for a permit in early summer, however their permits cannot be found in SBGS data base. It was reported that an error occurred in a file, damaging the data for June and July, so some of these permits are not displayed in SBGS data base. Such people have to re-apply to the CG representatives.
  • The disaggregation of concerns expressed by respondents remained the same, however the share of respondents who did not indicate any concerns sharply increased.

 The report is based on the results of a survey conducted during October by R2P at the five entry-exit checkpoints (EECPs) to enter the non-government controlled area (NGCA) and administered on a regular basis since June 2017. The survey is a part of the monitoring of violations of rights of conflict-affected populations within the framework of the project ‘Advocacy, Protection and Legal Assistance to IDPs’ implemented by R2P, with the support of UNHCR. The purpose of the survey is to explore reasons and concerns of those traveling from the NGCA to the government-controlled area (GCA), as well as conditions and risks associated with crossing the line of contact through EECPs. The information collected in the survey helps identify protection needs, gaps and trends, and provides an evidentiary basis for advocacy efforts.

 The document can be downloaded in English and Ukrainian.