More than 400 refugees are residing in Lithuania

September 5, 2007 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Russian Refugees in WWIAs the Lithuania’s migration department announced there are 450 refugees currently residing in Lithuania with permanent or temporary permits to live in the country.

Over the past ten years, over 4,000 applications for asylum from foreign individuals — 106 of them were given refugee status.  According to the same report some 400 individuals are enjoying or have been enjoying extra protection, which means that the person does not acquire refugee status but is not being extradited to their own country.As the coordinator of the United Nations’ chief commissioner of refugees in Lithuania Vladimiras Siniovas explained to the BNS that most of the applicants for refugee status are the Chechens.  They account for almost 80% of all applicants for asylum in Lithuania.

As the BNS reported the refugees from Afghanistan are ranking second, yet their migration to Lithuanian peaked in 1997-1999 — at this time, in Siniovas’ words, there are about 20 Afghans living in Lithuania. As of 2000, applicants for asylum have been dominated by Chechens.

According to the information available from the board of the United Nation’s chief commissioner of refugees, some 60 percent of all refugees in Lithuania are women and children.

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