Migration Department: key indicators of the first half-year, 2022

The Migration Department published key migration indicators for the first half-year of the 2022.

Preliminary data reveals that last year, the number of foreign residents in Lithuania increased by 60 percent (from 91,379 to 145,118) and by 1 July 2022, accounted for 5.13 percent of the total Lithuanian population. It is important to note that this change was largely the product of the temporary protection mechanism as applied for the first time in the history of the European Union: in Lithuania, temporary protection was granted to a total of 50,167 people fleeing Ukraine.

By the end of first half-year of 2022, the largest share of foreigners were third-country nationals, of whom 117,002 lived in Lithuania on the basis of a temporary residence permit and 18,506 on the basis of a permanent residence permit. In addition, 9,610 foreign nationals resided in Lithuania on the grounds of rights of EU Member State citizens and their family members. The previous year saw an increase in the number of both the EU citizens and non-EU nationals in Lithuania.

Compared to the same period last year, in the first half-year of 2022 the number of asylum applications in Lithuania dropped by 17.3 percent (from 733 to 606). However, there was an increase in the number of persons who were granted the status of refugee from 56 to 136, and subsidiary protection from 2 to 9. In addition to that, over 7.4 times more foreigners benefited from the right to receive the e-resident card, their number climbing from 14 to 104.

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