December 5, 2023

Many immigrants use Lithuania as a stopover level, however others need to keep. Those that go forward head to Western Europe. The Constitutional Courtroom of Lithuania dominated it unlawful to detain them, for greater than 6 months, with out free motion and with no court docket order.

A worrying variety of migrants are trying to enter Lithuania from Belarus. Regardless of the obstacles, immigrants maintain making an attempt to enter Lithuania.

The Constitutional Courtroom of Lithuania dominated that detain international asylum seekers, for greater than 6 monthswith out free motion and with no court docket order, it’s unconstitutional.

“When this migratory wave started in 2021, individuals had been detained in these facilities with out the proper to free motion, for which the Constitutional Courtroom stated it was unconstitutional,” explains Emilija Svobaite, a volunteer with Sienos Grupe.

“Which means all these individuals who lived within the camps can now declare for monetary damages, for the detention they’ve suffered,” he provides.

Lithuania: keep or proceed west?

Many immigrants use Lithuania as a stopover level, however others need to keep.

There may be 132 individuals in one of many facilities for foreigners; there are those that have been issued a court docket order for his or her confinement, and those that, like B. Bert, can take pleasure in extra freedom, whereas awaiting a choice on asylum.

“Two days after my marriage ceremony, some individuals got here, political individuals. They got here to my home, threatened me and attacked my home, they attacked me twice, so I used to be not protected in Sri Lanka. So, per week after I received married, I went to Uzbekistan and stayed there for 2 months,” says B. Bert, a migrant from Sri Lanka.

“Then I went to Belarus and after six months I crossed a wooded space and crossed the border with Lithuania,” he provides.

Migration to Western and Central Europe

B. Bert desires to remain in Lithuania and convey his spouse, however many asylum seekers attempt to go additional west. Those that transfer on head to Western Europe

This yr greater than 1,500 persons are in EU international locations aside from these the place they utilized for defense.

“Final week, 22 new individuals arrived at our Heart, most of them are from the Latvian border, they illegally crossed the Latvian-Belarusian border, however we attempt to return them to Latvia. Most of our shoppers, who’ve the likelihood to freely go away our heart, they escape from Lithuania and journey to a different nation, to Central Europe,” explains Aleksandras Kislovas, head of the Pabrade Aliens Registration Heart.

Though many asylum seekers within the Baltics will attempt to attain Western Europe, many shall be returned beneath the Dublin agreements.