Linas Linkevičius
European Union

Lithuanian leadership sceptical about EC’s refugee relocation proposal

Accepting refugees is not the only way to contribute to the resolution of the existing refugee crisis, and the allocated quotas are still an issue “on paper”, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says. […]

Algirdas Butkevičius
European Union

Lithuanian PM wants “caution” regarding EU immigration quotas

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says he does not know how many immigrants Lithuania could accept if the European Commission‘s plan on migration quotas is implemented. According to the prime minister, immigrants have a huge effect on a country’s economy. […]

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Putin’s middle class is fleeing to Latvia

Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary filmmaker, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolthole outside the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine. […]

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Lithuania issues most residency permits to Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians

Most of the residency permits issued by Lithuania were given to Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian nationals last year, according to a report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. […]

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Lithuania’s immigration reform scares away investors, but attracts local employers

On 26 June 2014, the Republic of Lithuania Law on the Legal Status of Aliens was revised with amendments. The purpose of these amendments is to get rid of bureaucratic barriers that hinder the employment of foreign specialists of high professional qualification in Lithuania. At the same time, the amendments seek to limit the establishment of fictitious companies that are set up with the aim of obtaining permits to temporarily reside in the country. […]

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Lithuanian parliament tightens residence requirements for foreigners

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday passed a bill, tightening requirements for foreigners who want to reside in Lithuania. […]