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  • Irregular Migrants' Reception 6
    • 1.

      What is the procedure for admitting migrants below the age of majority?

      If the asylum seeker is a minor, the initial steps are carried out in the presence of at least one of his/her parents (adoptive parents) or a legal representative with whom the minor asylum seeker has arrived in Lithuania. If the asylum seeker is an unaccompanied minor, the initial steps are carried out in the presence of an authorised representative and a representative of the children's rights protection authority.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 2.

      What happens to migrants when they enter the territory of Lithuania? What actions are taken?

      All foreigners are tested for COVID-19 and isolated pending the test results. In the meantime, the circumstances of the migrants' entry into Lithuania are being clarified, investigations are being carried out, and the issue of accommodation for the detainees is being addressed.

      Majority of migrants who have crossed the Lithuanian border illegally apply for asylum.

      The Migration Department is informed of the asylum applicants and examines their applications to decide whether there are grounds for granting asylum. So far, none of them has been granted asylum. If there are no grounds for granting asylum, the return of irregular migrants to their country of origin is organised. The situation is aggravated by the fact that many of these persons arrive without any documents.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 3.

      How is the freedom of religion guaranteed for the refugees? Must this right be guaranteed?

      Camps usually have separate areas dedicated to religious practices, and if such areas are not provided, practising people arrange for them themselves. For example, in Foreigners’ Registration Centre (FRC), one tent was dedicated to prayer, in other camps, people make arrangements themselves to the extent possible.
      Freedom of religion is one of the fundamental human rights. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief, and freedom to practise and profess religion, either alone or in community with others, and in public or private, in prayer service, in religious teaching, practising it and holding religious services.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 4.

      What do migrants do in the camps? What is their daily routine?

      The freedom of movement of migrants in the camps is restricted, which means that they cannot leave the camp. There is not much they can do in the camps: people wash clothes, clean their environment, if the weather is good and the area is appropriate, they play outdoor or board games delivered to them, children draw a lot and do other activities that can be done in the camp.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 5.

      Are migrant families accommodated together? Can migrant children be separated from their parents?

      Migrant families are always accommodated together. Children cannot be separated from their parents. 

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 6.

      How long will migrants stay in Lithuania? Will they be able to obtain Lithuanian citizenship?

      An irregular migrant will remain in Lithuania until their situation or asylum application is examined. A regular migrant can exercise the right to return to a foreign country voluntarily at any time, including the possibility of receiving financial support (travel tickets, a lump sum of EUR 300).
      An alien can be granted a Lithuanian citizenship through naturalisation provided they legally resided in Lithuania for the last 10 years and meet other requirements established by law.

      Updated: 2021 09 09