Accommodating refugees fleeing Ukraine

The Government provides financial subsidies for those accommodation-providers, who host persons fleeing Ukraine, and conclude a contract with the relevant government authorities. The same rules apply both for persons, who are eligible for temporary protection and Hungarian – Ukrainian dual nationals, who arrived in Hungary on or after 24 February 2022 and have not moved their permanent residency to Hungary.

Accommodation subsidies for municipalities or other accommodation providers

Accommodation for refugees from Ukraine can be provided by municipalities or accommodation providers who have concluded a contract with the Government.

The amount of the subsidy is HUF 5000 per day per person, however the parties may derogate by up to 50% (maximum HUF) 7500 in justified cases. Additionally, those who accommodate more than twenty persons, may apply for specific individualised subsidies.

Subsidies after temporary protection applicants

Accommodation providers can claim the subsidy by the following deadlines:

  • For up to one month after the person eligible for temporary protection or the dual national entered the country.
  • If the person eligible for temporary protection submitted the application for temporary protection within one month after entering the country, the subsidy can be claimed until the authorities’ decision.
  • The subsidy can be claimed beyond the one-month deadline after the following vulnerable persons:
  • One of the parents of a child under the age of 6,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Persons with a disability and his or her caregiver,
  • Persons over the age of 65,
  • Persons under 18 living in the same household as the previously listed persons.

The accommodation is commissioned by the relevant Ministry or County / Metropolitan Defence Committee. For further information, please contact the relevant Defence Committee.

Subsidies after beneficiaries of temporary protection

If the person was recognized as a beneficiary of temporary protection, the subsidy can be claimed until the last day of the month following the recognition.

You may continue to benefit from the subsidy beyond this deadline if you accommodate the following vulnerable persons with temporary protection or if dual nationals:

  • Pregnant women,
  • Persons under the age of 18 and one of their parents (if the parent lives in the same household),
  • Persons with a disability and his or her caregiver,
  • Persons over the age of 65.

If the person does not belong to one of these groups, accommodation providers will no longer be entitled to receive the accommodation subsidy.

Accommodation subsidies for employers

The Government arranges for housing subsidy for employers if they provide accommodation for the employed beneficiaries of temporary protection or dual nationals, given that the following criteria are met:

  • The employee is a beneficiary of temporary protection or a dual national.
  • The employment takes place in Hungary.
  • The contract for employment is for a fixed or indefinite period of at least 20 hours per week.

Additionally, if a minor under the age of 16 is living in the same household as the employee, the minor must be enrolled in public education until end of primary school in order for the employee to qualify for the housing subsidy.

The accommodation provider and the employer have to conclude a contract for the accommodation of the employee. The employer is required to enclose this contract to the application for the subsidy. Under the contract, the employer needs to first settle the payment to the accommodation provider and only then is him or her entitled to claim the housing subsidy.

The application must be submitted electronically or at the competent Government Office by using the form published on the website of the National Employment Service (Nemzeti Foglalkoztatási Szolgálat). The subsidy is paid to the employer on a monthly basis. The amount is equal to the monthly accommodation fee under the accommodation contract, but

  • if the accommodation is located in a so-called “preferred small settlement”, the maximum monthly amount is HUF 120 000,
  • if the accommodation is located in any other type of settlement, the maximum monthly amount is HUF 80 000.

Employers are no longer entitled to the housing subsidy if any of the following conditions are met:

  • the employment is terminated;
  • the employer fails to fulfil an obligation in relation to the subsidy;
  • the legal conditions of the subsidy had not been met;
  • the accommodation contract is terminated;
  • the enrolment of the minor under the age of 16 in public education terminates before completing primary school.

For more information, please visit the webpage of the National Employment Service.

Please find the relevant legislation here.