2021.09.14 14:00

Negative social media reports will decrease migration, says Lithuanian president's aide

BNS2021.09.14 14:00

Information circulating on social media about problems faced by irregular migrants when trying to enter Lithuania is likely to decrease the number of asylum seekers, a presidential adviser said on Tuesday.

"Information is spreading in migrants' social networks that this route is probably closing because it is unviable and difficult. This is probably to our advantage," Asta Skaisgirytė, the president's chief foreign policy adviser, told the Žinių Radijas radio.

Although the number of migrants attempting to cross into Lithuania irregularly has decreased after border guards started pushing them back to Belarus, up to 50 such attempts are still being recorded daily, the advisor noted.

"We already have 4,000 people with whom we need to do something," she said. "Their asylum applications need to be dealt with very quickly."

Over 4,100 migrants, mostly Iraqi citizens, have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far. Over 100 migrants have been returned to their countries of origin.

Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of orchestrating the migration influx, calling it "hybrid aggression".

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