2021.08.13 14:05

Lithuania receives 1,500 asylum requests, none approved so far

BNS2021.08.13 14:05

Lithuania's Migration Department has so far received some 1,500 asylum requests from irregular migrants who have entered Lithuania. All requests so far have been rejected, the department's director Evelina Gudzinskaitė said on Friday.

"Out of these, around 200 decisions are final, made. None of them so far has been in their favour, meaning, there've been no decisions to grant asylum," she told reporters.

"That means that all those people we are working with right now are being informed about alternatives and possibilities to voluntarily return home," the department director said.

Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said earlier on Friday that around 14 people have agreed to voluntarily return home, and another 11 are going through other procedures.

The first Iraqi migrant who crossed the Lithuanian–Belarusian border in June flew home on Thursday.

"The processes started, that's the start, and we are trying to have irregular migrants returned to their countries of origin," the minister said.

Over 4,100 undocumented migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year, but the flow has decreased considerably after border guards were allowed to push them back to the neighbouring country.

Lithuania has a state-level extreme situation declared over the unprecedented migration influx which it says is being orchestrated by the Belarusian regime.

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