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  • General Information 6
    • 1.

      What is the statistics on the arriving migrants (number of persons, number of asylum applications, number of returns, etc.)?

      As at 26 August 2021, the number of pending applications was 1 401, including 255 cases of discontinued examination, and 237 of refused asylum.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 2.

      From which countries do most migrants come?

      Most people who have crossed the Belarus-Lithuania border are from Iraq, Congo, Cameroon, Syria, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 3.

      Are all refugees economic migrants?

      Not all refugees are economic migrants. It cannot be ruled out that there may be people in need of political asylum in the entire flow of migrants. Once the Migration Department has identified such persons, their applications will be examined as to substance in accordance with general procedure, while ensuring that no asylum seeker in need of protection is returned to the persecuting country. Until now, all the asylum applications by migrants who have crossed the border illegally (with the exception of Belarusian nationals) have been found unfounded.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 4.

      Who is an economic migrant?

      An economic migrant is a person who chooses to leave their country in order to improve their own well-being and prospects, and those of their family.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 5.

      Who is a refugee?

      Refugee means a person who has been granted refugee status , owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country, who does not hold the nationality of the respective country, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to the country of habitual residence.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 6.

      Who is an asylum seeker?

      Asylum seeker is a person who was forced to leave their country due to various threats to their life or health and who comes to another country for protection and applies for asylum in order to obtain refugee or subsidiary protection status.

      Updated: 2021 09 09