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2021.08.02 09:47

Lithuania’s frontier stations close to capacity as record number of migrants detained

BNS2021.08.02 09:47

The number of irregular migrants at Lithuania's frontier stations has almost reached the accommodation capacity limit, Rustamas Liubajevas, chief of the country's State Border Guard Service (VSAT), said on Monday.

"All frontier stations are now full, and on Saturday and Sunday we had to resolve the issue of where to accommodate those people. We see that there's no possibility to move illegal migrants out of the VSAT units, we managed to resolve the issue for now but we are close to the limit of our possibilities," he told LRT RADIO.

He also informed that another 109 migrants were detained after crossing into Lithuania from Belarus during the night. A record number of undocumented migrants was reported on Sunday when 289 people were detained.

"Sunday was a really busy day for border guards as 289 illegal migrants were detained, which is the highest number since the start of this year, or the start of the so-called migration crisis," Liubajeva said.

As of last week, around 2,000 migrants had lived at frontier stations. Some 380 of them were moved to the Rudninkai military training area last Thursday, with plans to move up to 800 people in total.

Lithuania has so far detained over 3,000 undocumented migrants, including 2,555 who say they are Iraqi citizens, as well as 191 people fom Congo, 129 from Cameroon, 124 from Syria, 91 from Iran, 90 from Russia and also citizens of other countries.

A state-level extreme situation is declared in Lithuania over the unprecedented influx of irregular migrants which Lithuanian officials say is being orchestrated by the Belarusian regime.

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