A. Bilotaitė emphasized that currently inquiries have been sent to all municipalities of the country, which are asked to assess their capacity to receive migrants and provide the need for additional funds or other resources in order to do so.
These data should be provided by municipalities by Wednesday.
“We really understand that this is not the sole responsibility of border municipalities and that the burden should not be placed solely on them,” the minister said.
“There is a hybrid war going on against Lithuania and here we cannot tell whether it is up to me to do it or not,” she added.
Migrants arriving in recent days now have to be accepted by municipalities, where foreigners are required to quarantine for ten days, but this will soon be possible in a special tent camp.
“It is planned to organize a tent town in an area where there would be no densely populated areas around it, a fence will be fenced there and tents will be built, which will ensure the basic needs of life,” said A. Bilotaitė.
According to her, as an emergency situation was declared in the country on Friday due to the influx of migrants, it allows to set up a tent camp from the tents in the state reserve.
The exact location in which the town will be located, the minister has so far been unable to say and said it was chosen to assess the availability of water, electricity and other necessary resources. Nor did she name the exact number of people the town could accept.
“Now, due to sensitive information, I would not be able to name the number now, because I think that the neighbors of our unfriendly country are listening and probably laying down their strategy accordingly, but it is a number reaching thousands,” said A. Bilotaitė.
“And the town will definitely stand, it will be ready and the fence will be protected,” she assured.
This campus is expected to emerge sooner than next week.
The Minister also noted that other response measures would be used to help deter migrants from entering our country.
“This is not a simple emergency, what is happening against Lithuania is very serious. The Belarussian regime is serious, has a very serious impact and we need to provide a very clear response, ”said A. Bilotaitė.
She emphasized that this response should consist of enhanced border protection, including physical protection, and the use of national defense volunteers.
Work is also under way to speed up the asylum process, which should be kept to a minimum.
“Applications should be processed within ten days,” the minister said.
According to her, at present there are already some data that some of the arriving foreigners can be brought from the registration centers operating in Belarus, some – they could have studied in Belarus and later, by various means, directed to Lithuania.
“These are conscious, well-organized actions against Lithuania,” A. Bilotaitė emphasized.
She said delegations to Baghdad and Istanbul would also leave this week to establish bilateral relations with Iraq, which in turn should speed up procedures for returning migrants to their countries of origin.
So far, according to the Minister, no recent migrants have been granted asylum in Lithuania, but none have been deported.
According to the State Border Guard Service, 1,232 illegal migrants have already been detained on the border with Belarus this year, and last week was a record number.
Due to the sharp increase in the flow of migrants from Belarus, the government declared a state of emergency on Friday.
The Minister and other Lithuanian officials have called this situation the actions of a hybrid war against Lithuania.
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