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2021.10.08 14:59

Brussels sends Lithuania €30m to help deal with migrant crisis

BNS2021.10.08 14:59

Lithuania has received 29.6 million euros out of 37 million euros allocated by the European Commission to help the country deal with the irregular migration crisis, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

"The rest of the financial aid will reach us later. It is intended to cover the costs incurred by Lithuania in the management of irregular migration and to ensure the provision of basic services to migrants who have entered Lithuania," Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said.

The funds will cover accommodation services, security at the migrant camps, food and education, as well as reception and detention facilities, asylum procedures and other essential services.

Some of the money will also be used for salary supplements to officers working in migrant camps.

Over 4,100 migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus irregularly so far this year.

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