Ukrainian refugees in Estonia not eligible for funeral and survivor benefits | New
State pensions of Ukrainian pensioners will, however, be topped up at the Estonian level if necessary, while Ukrainian refugees in Estonia are also entitled to other benefits, such as child benefit.
Katre Pall, head of the pensions department at the Social Insurance Council (SKA) said that “the funeral allowance is not linked to employment, it is linked to the residence where the deceased person lived”, said Paul. He said that some people have indeed approached the Social Security Administration regarding funeral benefits.
A woman who had been working in Estonia for almost six months found out that she would not receive any funeral allowance in Estonia, reports the ERR.
“Funeral benefits are paid by the local government in Estonia to organize the funeral of a person who lived in their territory. If this deceased father lived in Ukraine, Ukraine is responsible for paying the funeral benefits,” Pall pointed out. According to him, the family living in Estonia still receives help from social services in order to receive this support from Ukraine. “An application must be submitted to the Social Insurance Board and we will forward it to Ukraine,” Pall continued, adding that the decision to pay child support is made by Ukraine based on its own national laws.
Under Estonian law, children orphaned as a result of the conflict do not receive survivors’ benefits either.
Pall added that “pensions and benefits are an acquired right of the person. The survivor’s pension is determined on the basis of the deceased breadwinner’s pension.
“So, for example, if the father worked in Ukraine and acquired his pension rights in Ukraine, the survivor’s pension is determined and paid by Ukraine,” Pall continued.
Although this pension can be, on request, transferred to Estonia, Pall added, but the process is long and any family who does not intend to stay in Estonia permanently should consider whether this makes sense.
Pensions in Ukraine are on the whole lower than those in Estonia, although the Social Insurance Board (SKA) pays Ukrainian refugees who have reached retirement age the difference between their Ukrainian pension and the Estonian national pension , to compensate for the current state. pension of €275 per month.
As for family, parental and other family allowances, Ukrainians can and have applied for them.
“Ukrainian families have applied very diligently for this and the number of recipients of these allowances is significant,” Pall said.
A woman who was now a single mother of two reportedly received a €500 bill from a funeral home in Ukraine, with other charges likely to be added.
As of today, Saturday, September 24, seven months have passed since the start of the current phase of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
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