Migrant crisis: what awaits those detained in Lithuania and how to deal with those who want to stay in Europe?

Migrant crisis: what awaits those detained in Lithuania and how to deal with those who want to stay in Europe?
Migrant crisis: what awaits those detained in Lithuania and how to deal with those who want to stay in Europe?

This year, more than 4 thousand people entered Lithuania illegally. Those who do not wish to return to their countries of origin are kept in the centers of aliens.

Some of them complain about living conditions, restrictions on freedom of movement and the like. Non-governmental organizations and international organizations are also critical of this. Obstacle and the process of processing asylum applications, the number of satisfied applications.

In addition, at the end of the year, the Seimas adopted amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens and foreigners will be able to be held in the centers for up to a year.

In order to control illegal migration, people are not allowed into the territory of Lithuania, and those who have entered are pushed back to Belarus.

Since August, more than 8,000 people have been turned around and denied access to Lithuania. It is stated that such a policy will be maintained.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) notes that there are questions about the compliance of Lithuania’s actions with European Union and international law. Our country is called upon to move towards compliance with international obligations and law and to strive for human rights.

537 people returned home

According to the Ministry of the Interior (MoI), there are currently 3,285 foreigners registered in the MIGRIS system who have entered the territory of our country illegally and are accommodated in alien registration centers.

According to Mindaugas Bajarūnas, Head of the Strategic Communication Department of the Ministry of the Interior, 56 migrants were forcibly deported from Lithuania.

482 people were returned to their countries of origin voluntarily with state financial support.

“Of these, 31 migrants agreed to return voluntarily with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The majority – 310 migrants – benefited from state support (300 euros), the rest benefited from a recently increased lump sum of 1,000 euros, ”the ministry spokesman said.

On Sunday, the first charter flight took off from Vilnius Airport, returning 98 migrants who agreed to do so voluntarily from Lithuania to Iraq.

Vidmantas Balkūnas / 15min photo / A group of migrants presenting themselves as Iraqi citizens stands near the Lithuanian state border near Piesčiai village (Varėna district)

“In order to encourage the return of aliens staying illegally in Lithuania, higher one-time benefits have been offered to migrants who agree to leave voluntarily from 8 December (EUR 1,000 for persons over 14 years of age and EUR 500 for younger persons). The fourth Iraqi consular identification mission, which issued 80 travel documents, has also recently taken place.

At the same time, Lithuania is exploring with the European Commission the possibilities of faster return (both voluntary and forced) of Iraqi citizens who have crossed the Belarusian border illegally and are currently in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, ”said M.Bajarūnas.

He said that ways were being sought to return and expel other third-country nationals, who could also take the opportunity to leave voluntarily for a higher benefit.

The State Border Guard Service also applies to the consular offices of those third countries for the issuance of the necessary travel documents, searches for possible travel routes and carries out other return procedures.

It is estimated that the cost of maintaining one migrant per day is about 30 euros, or about 11 thousand euros. per year.

“There are no plans to change the policy of returning aliens crossing the state border of the Republic of Lithuania illegally,” said M. Bajarūnas.

Complaints are not convincing

Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Chairman of the National Security and Defense Committee (NSGC) of the Seimas, when asked what awaits persons who do not wish to return to their countries of origin, said that ways would be sought to return them.

He explained that we have or will have readmission agreements with some of the countries whose citizens have entered Lithuania illegally.

Already subscribed?

Log in

Choose a plan and read without limits




The first three months – 0.99 Eur,
later – 4.99 Eur / month.





Choose a payment method


Enter your mobile number and we will send you a code

We’ve sent the code to your mobile phone. Enter it and read on

For Latest Updates Follow us on Google News

PREV Practically false medicine is recommended for covidra on the government website
NEXT FIRE alarm at a hospital in Satu Mare! The fire started from an unquenchable cigarette butt – Realitatea.NET