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  • Protection of the Lithuanian-Belarusian Border and Migrants 5
    • 1.

      How is Lithuania's border protected from migrants?

      The state border is guarded by the guards of the State Border Guard Service and units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces assisting them. The state border is also monitored by video surveillance systems operated from the State Border Guard Service checkpoints.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 2.

      How do guards guarantee the safety of the public?

       

      To ensure security, actions in three directions are taken:

      1. the security of the campsite and persons accommodated in it is ensured by the officers of the Public Security Service as well as private security services, if necessary. The use of capacities is planned in such a way as to ensure order inside the campsite and to prevent the residents of the campsite from leaving it;

      2. an additional crew of police officers is deployed in the vicinity of the campsite and adjacent settlements to patrol and be ready to respond to any incidents or disturbances in the campsite, etc., and promptly join the search operation in case any resident escapes from the campsite;

      3. border guards and police officers intensify their cooperation with the local population and local authorities and get involved to the maximum extent possible in solving security problems, provide information on the situation to the people and community representatives. To that end, meetings are organised, communication via social networks is carried out, etc.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 3.

      How will Lithuania's border protection be strengthened?

      In order to maximise border protection, it is essential to ensure that the entire section of the border with Belarus is monitored using the latest technologies. Such decision is costly, but the Government of the Republic of Lithuania has already allocated an additional EUR 11.5 million for the installation of the surveillance systems. Within the next two years, there will be no more unprotected sections of border.

      Currently the capacities of the Public Security Service, the Police Department, the Riflemen's Union, the Lithuanian Armed Forces and FRONTEX are used to reinforce border protection.

      Lithuania has announced a state of emergency due to irregular migration. This allows for faster procurement and other procedures, coordination of actions and pooling of capacities. Government reserve funds can also be used if needed.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 4.

      What will happen if migrants continue to flow to Lithuania?

      Active actions:

      Lithuania is mobilising and will continue to mobilise both local and international capacities to the maximum extent possible. For the time being, irregular migrants are accommodated in the Foreigners' Registration Centre, checkpoints of the State Border Guard Service, some of them are temporarily (i.e. for the quarantine period) are accommodated in the premises provided by municipalities.

      The setting up of a tent camp and a hangar that meets the necessary humanitarian conditions, has already started. We will be able to accommodate more migrants, ensure their safety and the safety of the local population, as well as provide them with the necessary sanitation and food supplies.

      The State Border Guard Service is also currently in the process of acquiring modular houses. These houses could temporarily accommodate several hundred people.

      Measures having political effect:

      Lithuania is responding to the consequences by detaining and temporarily accommodating irregular migrants and by preventing the flow of migration through Lithuania. The aim is to stop migrants from choosing Lithuania as a suitable and convenient route leading to other Western European countries. Irregular migration first of all must be prevented in the countries of origin of these people. Cooperation with representatives of the EU, NATO, migrants' countries of origin, experts of FRONTEX and European Asylum Support Office (EASO), leaders of countries with the experience in dealing with irregular migrants related problems is aimed at preventing the flow of irregular migrants through Lithuania and speeding up their return to their countries of origin.

      Updated: 2021 09 09

    • 5.

      Are there any plans to use international aid? How do/can other countries help us?

      FRONTEX officers have already embarked on their mission at the border, so have the Estonian officers. Cooperation with NGOs: the Red Cross and the Order of Malta. The situation is truly extraordinary, so it is very important for us all to come together to find the best solutions.
      A delegation set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will travel to Baghdad to speak with officials from that country. Meetings are held with organisations working in the field so as to equip our officers with as much knowledge as possible.

      Updated: 2021 09 09