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Welcoming Ukrainians to Brussels

Welcoming Ukrainians to Brussels

The City of Brussels and its Public Welfare Centre (CPAS-OCMW) help welcoming Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainian nationals residing in Ukraine and third-country nationals or stateless persons enjoying protection in Ukraine and their family members may apply for temporary protection in Belgium. After this temporary protection application they can register at the municipality:

Do you want to offer a shelter? Then go to the platform of the Brussels Capital Region:

Please note: to validate your proposal, an extract from the Criminal Record (model 595) will be requested from each adult member of the household applying to host Ukrainians:

You want to learn French or Dutch or improve your French and Dutch language skills? You need information on your rights and your duties? You need help to find a job or training? You would like to enhance your understanding of Belgian society?

In French?

The Bapa BXL welcome programme is free of charge:

In Dutch?

Integration courses in Dutch:

How can you get free medical care?

Mental health

A toll-free number refers people to mental health services:

  • 0800 12 347 (in French, Dutch, English and Ukrainian)

Pregnant women and children

Support for pregnant women and young children is also possible via Kind en Gezin (in Dutch) and the ONE (in French):

If you need financial assistance or help with administrative procedures, contact the CPAS of the City of Brussels on the free number:

  • 0800 35 266

On the basis of a social survey, the CPAS may:

  • grant aid equivalent to the integration allowance
  • grant you a bonus for moving into housing
  • pay a rent guarantee
  • pay for medical and pharmaceutical care
  • provide financial support for the purchase of clothes, your children's school,...
  • help you carry out various steps, such as applying for family allowances, joining a health insurance fund, looking for language courses, a job,...

More info: 

Actiris is the regional employment office of Brussels. By registering with Actiris, you can, like all job seekers, enjoy its services:

The schools of the City of Brussels welcome Ukrainian children.

For children from 3 to 12 years

Opening of a school centre with 3 classes (Rue de Cureghem) for Ukrainian children.

More info:

  • 02 509 15 60, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 12 pm

The other schools also welcome children on request.

For children from 12 to 18 years

Secondary schools welcome children on request.

Dutch-language schools

The Children's Homes offer educational, creative, sports and cultural activities for your children from 6 to 12 years:

The nurseries and daycare centres of the City of Brussels welcome Ukrainian children from 2.5 months to 3 years old. More info and registrations:

  • By phone, Monday to Friday from 8 am till noon, on 0800 17 071
  • On site, Place Sainte-Catherine 17-18 - 1000 Brussels, Monday from 9 am to 12:30 pm and Wednesday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • By appointment, by calling 0800 17 071
  • By e-mail:
  • Letter to parents (595.44 KB) (in Ukrainian) 

The External siteBoitsfort Rugby Club offers all Ukrainian men and women between the ages of 6 and 40, who have already played rugby or would like to try this sport, the opportunity to try rugby for one month or the whole 2022-2023 season. The offer is completely free (without any fees, membership fees, payment of insurance,...). The club pays for the training and equipment. More info and registration:

Registration of dogs and cats is mandatory, as is vaccination against rabies. You must go to a vet in the municipality where you are going to live (you can request their names when you register with the municipality). More information about the reception of pets from Ukrainian refugees:

A federal website gives more information about the situation in Ukraine and its impact on Belgium:

​The Brussels Capital Region has launched an information platform with all information from regional and local authorities and public services about the reception of Ukrainian citizens and the impact of the Ukrainian conflict in Brussels. The website is available in 5 languages, including Ukrainian:

Video in Ukrainian

In this video, watch Haska Shyyan's explanation of the website (this video contains spoken text and subtitles in Ukrainian):

In Ukrainian: Брюссельський столичний регіон робить усе можливе, щоб якомога краще організувати прийом українських біженців. Сайт - це регіональна платформа 5 мовами (Fr, Nl, En, Ua та Ru), що керується у співпраці з українською громадою Бельгії. Сайт пропонує інструменти та інформацію для підтримки українців, які прибувають до Брюссельського столичного регіону. У цьому відео письменниця Гаська Шиян представляє Вам сайт

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Created on 22/03/2022 (Modified on 01/07/2024)