First refugees could reach Lithuania in January, interior minister says

Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

“We expect them in early January, although all the legal procedures in the European Union (EU) have not been finalised yet,” the minister told reporters on Wednesday, after a meeting of the Cabinet.

Over the next two years, Lithuania will have to take in 325 migrants: 240 refugees from Eritrea and Syria, currently sheltered in Italy and Greece, and 85 more migrants from third countries.

The EU announced on Monday that it approved EUR 2.4 billion of funding to help member-states over the next several years cope with integrating the migrants. Lithuania was allocated EUR 17.2 million.

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