2019.04.29 13:48

140 migrants received asylum in Lithuania last year

Last year, Lithuania granted asylum to 140 people, according to figures released by the EU statistics office Eurostat.

In addition to that, Lithuania took in 20 third-country nationals under the European Union's resettlement programme.

Syrian, Russian and Tajik citizens were the largest groups among successful asylum applications last year, at 55, 30 and 25, respectively.

Meanwhile Latvia granted asylum to 30 third-country nationals, and Estonia approved 20 asylum applications and received 30 resettled refugees.

Poland granted asylum to 435 individuals, but it refused to take in migrants from the Middle East when EU member states decided to share the burden after the 2015 refugee crisis.

Out of the 435 people granted protection in Poland last year, 95 were Ukrainian citizens and 90 were Russian citizens.

In all, the 28 EU member states granted protection to nearly 333,400 asylum seekers in 2018, down by almost 40 percent compared with 2017.

Syria's citizens make up the largest group of those granted protection status in the bloc, followed by Afghanistanis and Iraqis.