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Lithuania

Since independence in 1990, Lithuania has become an important destination for irregular migrants and asylum seekers from the former Soviet republics and Central Asia, receiving considerably higher numbers of asylum seekers compared to the other Baltic countries. Since it became a European Union member in 2004, Lithuania’s eastern frontier has become an external border for the Euro zone. In addition, Lithuania is an immigrant source country and a key country of origin of trafficked peoples. Although Lithuania does not generally detain asylum seekers, irregular migrants are often detained for as long as nine months in conditions that observers qualify as very poor.

Lithuania Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    121
    Detained asylum seekers :
    10
    Detained minors:
    11
    Persons expelled :
    1825
    International migrants:
    136000
    New asylum applications :
    406