LRT.LT | Lithuania not to extend detention of asylum seekers – minister

“Lithuania’s Interior Ministry will propose lifting the existing movement restrictions for irregular migrants who arrived in Lithuania via Belarus last year, Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė says.

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Under the current legislation, irregular migrants can be detained for up to 18 months, with decisions taken every six months. The 12-month deadline is now approaching, and the ministry will propose not to extend the restriction for another six months, the minister said, adding that if the decision is approved, the majority of irregular migrants currently in Lithuania would leave the country.

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The authorities will attempt to send migrants whose asylum applications were denied back to their countries of origin within five years, she added.­”

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Source: lrt.lt English

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