Lithuania to set up new agency for migrant reception

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  • Friday, 31 May 2024

VILNIUS, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania will establish a new agency to handle the reception and accommodation of migrants, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

Lithuania's parliament passed the respective amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens, with 96 votes in favour, one against, and nine abstentions on Thursday.

The new agency will provide social care, accommodation, and other essential services to asylum seekers, foreign nationals granted asylum in Lithuania, and irregular migrants pending their expulsion from the country.

The agency will be subordinate to the social security and labor ministry and will include the refugee reception centre currently located in the central Lithuanian town of Rukla and a refugee reception camp in the capital Vilnius.

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