Pope Francis

‘Pope is not a wizard’

Pope Francis arrived in Poland on Wednesday to take part in World Youth Day events. Openness to fellow humans, especially amidst the refugee crisis in Europe, has been the Pope’s central message, but will it be heard in the country that has refused to accept refugees, a Lithuanian historian wonders.

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Abdul Basir Yousuf
Foreign affairs

Afghan refugee family to reunite in Lithuania

The family of an Afghan refugee granted asylum in Lithuania is to rejoin him on Friday.

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Half of Lithuanians would welcome refugees, the other half wouldn’t – new poll

Lithuanian opinions on resettling refugees in their country are divided almost equally between those who would welcome migrants fleeing war and those who would not. […]

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‘People thought Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler weren’t real refugees either’

The latest wave of refugees and migrants to Europe has barely touched Lithuania, and only 11 have been relocated to Lithuania out of its total quota of 1,105. However, many people have expressed a number of unclear fears about the migrants and refugees and seem to lack solidarity with Western Europe, which has received the most refugees and migrants, according to Eglė Verseckaitė, a professor at the University of Management and Economics (ISM). […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė, Klaus Iohannis
European Union

Penalties ‘don’t solve anything’ in refugee crisis – Romanian president

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has criticized the European Commission’s (EC) proposal to penalize countries that refuse to take in migrants. Sanctions do not help solve anything, Iohannis said on Wednesday in Vilnius. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė
European Union

Lithuanian president pans EU plan to fine countries refusing to accept refugees

The European Commission‘s proposals to automatically relocate migrants to EU member states and impose financial sanctions for refusing to take them in do not contribute to solving the migrant crisis, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Wednesday. […]