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Lithuania: Migrants

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1648, tabled on 1 July 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) media reports that the government of Belarus is ‘weaponising’ migration by sending migrants to Lithuania, and (2) the government of Lithuania’s response to such action; and what plans they have to support the government of Lithuania with (a) technical aid, or (b) resettlement.

Answered on

15 July 2021

The Government is aware of media reports of an increase in people irregularly crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania. We are also aware of the steps that the Lithuanian Government have taken to respond, including increasing funding to the Lithuanian State Border Guards, and expanding capacity at the border with Belarus to process those arriving across the border. The Foreign Secretary discussed the issue with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on 28 June, and officials are currently evaluating how best we can support the Lithuanian Government in response to these developments. We collaborate closely with the Lithuanian Government and Lithuanian State Border Guards, and stand ready to provide appropriate support. The UK remains committed to future close co-operation with the EU and our European partners on all issues including migration.