2021.08.25 11:25

Czechia donates €0.5m to Lithuania to help deal with irregular migration

BNS2021.08.25 11:25

The Czech Republic has donated more than 500,000 euros to Lithuania to help it deal with irregular migration.

According to the Czech Ministry of the Interior, the country's government allocated 13.5 million Czech koruna (almost 530,000 euros) “in solidarity with Lithuania facing a complex migration and security situation”.

“This gift will make a major contribution to the protection of the EU's external borders. Lithuania will mostly use it for the construction of a physical barrier on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border or to bolster its accommodation capacity and to directly support migrants and those seeking international protection in the country,” Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek was quoted in a statement.

The donation comes on top of Prague's prior assistance provided to Lithuania, according to him, worth around 125,000 euros, in the form of tents, foldable beds, blankets and heaters.

Over 4,100 migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year. The flow has nearly halted after Lithuanian border guards were allowed to push them back at the border.

Moreover, some 50 Afghan nationals were flown to Vilnius on Wednesday and a similar number are expected to arrive later in the day.

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