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2021.10.06 10:09

Several migrants rented homes in Lithuania to avoid detention

BNS2021.10.06 10:09

Several irregular migrants, who have entered Lithuania this year, rented homes in the country, thus avoiding months-long detention, news website Delfi.lt reported on Wednesday.

According to the website, an Iraqi national managed to find and rent an apartment in Vilnius while staying in detention. He then went to the Vilnius District Court, providing the lease agreement and requesting permission to reside in the rented premises.

The court ruled in his favour, taking into consideration that the migrant’s identity has been established, that he cooperated with public institutions, and that there was no evidence of him causing a threat to national security and public order.

Delfi.lt reported that at least several other migrants have managed to get out of detention by renting apartments. Some of them might have already left Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Interior Ministry and the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said that those were isolated cases.

Nearly 4,200 migrants, mostly Iraqi citizens, have entered Lithuania from Belarus so far this year.

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