The government will consider this week whether to offer assistance to Lithuanians in Venezuela to relocate to Lithuania.
A consular mission sent by the Foreign Ministry to Venezuela last November collected information on about 50 Lithuanian citizens and people of Lithuanian descent. These people would consider moving to Lithuania if they were provided with housing, employment and other assistance.
A government resolution drafted by the ministry sets October 2020 as the deadline for Venezuela's Lithuanians to apply for the status of a relocated person.
The ministry estimates that around 10 people will be relocated from Venezuela in the first stage, which will cost the state about 130,000 euros in 2019 to 2020.
If approved, the programme will be launched under a law that allows covering relocation expenses and provide other forms of state aid to Lithuanians living in crisis-hit foreign countries. The law came into force earlier this year.
Figures submitted to the government show that 187 Lithuanian citizens live in Venezuela. The Lithuanian community in the country consists of around 400 people of Lithuanian descent.
Venezuela has been in a political, economic and humanitarian crisis. Venezuelans have faced shortages of food and medication as well as power outages.
Lithuania has recognized Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's president.