After the number of people illegally crossing the border between Lithuania and Belarus, out of 36.7 million euros in aid that the European Union Commission decided to provide to Lithuania for emergency assistance, the country received 29.6 million euros.
Once the assistance is received, Lithuanian Interior Minister Agni Pilotito said that with this financial support, the country intends to cover the costs of managing irregular migration and providing basic services to migrants who have entered Lithuania, noting that “the rest of the financial aid will reach us later,” SchengenVisaInfo reports. .com.
Last August, the European Union Commission decided to allocate €36.7 million to Lithuania under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The decision followed the visit of the Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johansson, to Lithuania on August 1 and 2 and the visit of other officials on August 8-10, during which a strategic assessment of financial support for Lithuania was carried out.
“The European Union Commission today provides 36.7 million euros in emergency aid to Lithuania to help the situation on the Belarus border where people continue to be used as political tools. The Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, wrote on his official Twitter account in August when the aid was approved.
By providing this support, UNHCR aims to assist reception facilities as well as provide other services such as first aid and medical care. Furthermore, the committee noted that the assistance also includes support for COVID-19 isolation facilities, vaccinations, food, shelter, clothing and hygiene supplies.
In addition, according to the commission, the funding is intended to strengthen response teams to detect potential victims of human trafficking and help people in need of international protection.
Earlier in August, the Lithuanian Interior Ministry announced that the country had decided to erect a 508-kilometer protective barrier on the border with Belarus. The decision was made after the armed forces of the latter pushed five immigrants by force into Lithuania and also entered the country.
The number of those who immigrated to Lithuania illegally increased dramatically after the Prime Minister of Belarus threatened to flood neighboring countries with immigrants.
Only during the first eight months of 2021, Lithuania recorded more than 4,124 cases of irregular immigration, a significantly increased number compared to the 74 immigrants who entered the country during 2020.
Previously, the European Union Commission proposed an improved action plan to combat the smuggling of migrants. The initiative aims to prevent the mistreatment of immigrants, encourage better management of immigrants, and reduce illegal immigration.