Ukraine The validity of temporary protection is automatically extended

Information and legal assistance for refugees from Ukraine

Information leaflets for people fleeing from Ukraine

The validity of temporary protection (menedékes) cards is automatically extended until 4 March 2024. This means that people with temporary protection (menedékes) status will still be able to legally stay in Hungary, work, rent a flat, go to school and access health services. Despite the fact that the cards show another date, they will continue to be valid by law by force of Section 5 (3) of Government Decree 86/2022 (III. 7.), effective from 1 March 2023. The immigration authority will therefore not issue new cards, as there is no need to do so.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee assists refugees from Ukraine. Asylum seekers can count on us.

Since 24 February, we have continuously been on duty, doing what we are good at: providing information, free legal assistance and accessible information notes for those who have to flee Ukraine. We are also responding to questions from international organizations and the media about the current situation.

You can contact us here:


We set up a hotline for refugees from Ukraine where we can answer your questions in Russian on Monday: 12-16, Wednesday: 14-18, Friday: 10-14 pm.

Please call us at: +36 70 302 6219


Did you have a problem with our services? Were you harmed in any way when receiving our assistance? Contact us!

Other aid organizations

If you need help with questions that are not legal

  • Baptist Aid

    The Baptist Aid helps the people fleeing from Ukraine by providing – amongst other things – the following services: information, hot meals, provisional accommodation, organising travels, counselling and help to find a job. 




  • Cordelia Foundation

    Cordelia Foundation provides psychological assistance with psychiatrists, psychologists, special therapists, trained interpreters and other helpers to those people fleeing Ukraine. 

    Contact details: 


  • Jesuit Refugee Service

    The Jesuit Refugee Service helps the people fleeing from Ukraine with an accommodation programme. The JRS also helps the refugee children’s access to schools by organising teaching material on Hungarian as a foreign language and by organising workshops to children. 


  • Lutherans

    The Lutherans help the people fleeing Ukraine with accommodation, counselling, clothes, food and medicine.

    Contact: Andrási Júlia: +36205133152


  • Menedék Association

    The mobile team of the Menedék Association can help with answering questions related the the following topics: residency, family reunification, applying for jobs, long term settlement, access to health care and information related to education. After a needs assessment, they can also organise programmes for children and access to psychological support. 

    Contact info: Accommodation centres can apply for the free help here, while private persons providing accommodation should request help via email:

    Menedék Association also provides information and help in cases of workplace exploitation.

    Contact info: Victims of workplace exploitation can ask for help by email at or by phone on the free-to-call number: +36 80 625025

  • Migration Aid

    You can contact Migration Aid if you need

  • Mira Ház

    Community programmes in Mira Ház on weekdays between 3-7 pm: programmes for children, families, yoga for women, sports, Hungarian language classes, free internet, information provision and a cup of tea. The volunteer mentors trained by Artemisszió also help refugees and private individuals providing accommodation to refugees. 



  • Next Step Association

    Next Step Association’s ongoing mental health program is now offering free mental health support for those struggling with the recent changes imposed on them by the war waged on Ukraine. They have set up a free delivery and pick-up centre in their office in the city centre of Budapest, where all those who have fled the Ukrainian crisis are welcome to pick up essential items to make their lives easier. (food & clothes & personal hygiene)

    Contact details: 

  • Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ)

    TASZ is helping to ensure that refugees from Ukraine receive the healthcare they deserve in Hungary. On our website you can find basic information about healthcare access and our email legal helpline team will try to answer any other legal problems you may have in the healthcare system. Feel free to contact us with these questions even in Ukrainian or Russian.

Updates on the protection situation in Hungary

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee provides regular, reliable information on the situation at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border and of refugees fleeing Ukraine due to the Russian invasion.

Our updates on the protection situation in Hungary from 2022:

Analysis on what Hungary is asking additional funds for from the European Union is here.

Thematic reports from 2023


  • Labour exploitation of refugees from Ukraine — Throughout 2022, we observed some reports of unfair labour conditions by applicants or beneficiaries of temporary protection who started to work in Hungary. Most reports complain about an unfair salary (e.g. receiving a substantially lower salary than agreed beforehand) or the fact that persons are employed without a contract.
  • The situation of Romani refugees fleeing Ukraine — This short paper summarizes the HHC’s experiences gathered through monitoring visits since the beginning of the war regarding the situation of Romani refugees in Hungary. Due to the strong anti-Roma sentiments in Hungary, many had to face additional hardship during their reception.

We regularly monitor reception facilities where Ukrainian refugees are accommodated throughout Hungary. We summarize our findings in short, thematic reports.

We do what we have always been doing: protect the rights of refugees

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