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Lithuania Discusses EU Migration Policies

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: LTgov}

Lithuania

Friday, June 26, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended the European Council session which discussed EU migration policies.

European leaders holding late night talks have agreed that the EU migration policy should first of all send a clear signal that illegal migration and human trafficking will not be tolerated.

It was decided to steadily increase the capacity to fight illegal migration in cooperation with countries of transit and origin, strengthen external border control, dismantle traffickers’ networks, and focus on the readmission and return policy.

Leaders agreed that 40,000 refugees will be relocated from Greece and Italy to other EU member states over the next two years. Country-specific numbers will be set on a voluntary basis in line with the principle of solidarity.

The scheme will be finalized by the Home Affairs Council by the end of July.

The Government has approved in its resolution that Lithuania by its own voluntary decision could take in up to 250 asylum seekers over the course of two years. Member states will receive a 6,000-euro lump sum for each relocated person under the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund.

Lithuania has been assigned 10.8 million euros from structural funds for 2014-2020 for the development of the asylum system as well as for the integration and return of refugees.

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