In October 2022, Armenia became an observer country of the European Migration Network (EMN). In October 2022, the European Commission launched the EU Talent Pool pilot initiative, a new online job search tool that will support people fleeing the war in Ukraine to find employment more swiftly and effectively in the EU.As the EU designated the year 2022 as the European Year of Youth to highlight the importance of young people’s futures by including young people and their priorities in policy-making, an EMN Youth Day event was organised on 16 November 2022, where 11 EMN National Contact Points organised events that were joined together in an online EU-level event that was successful in reaching out to both EU nationals and migrant populations.
In connection with Temporary Protection in Latvia, on December 13, 2022, amendments to the Law on Assistance to Civilians of Ukraine entered into force, which provide for the extension of the deadline for the provision of several existing assistance measures until June 30, 2023. And from January 1, 2023, a temporary residence permit for two years will be issued to those Ukrainian citizens who apply for temporary protection status in Latvia, and a document certifying such status will be issued.
Asylum applications continued to increase, reaching their highest levels since 2015. For the first time since 2015/16, asylum applications reached or exceeded the 100 000 mark in the EU+ for several consecutive months, starting in September, as reported by the EUAA. Asylum applications and registrations for temporary protection together surpassed five million before the end of 2022.
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