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European Return Fund helped 139 illegal immigrants to return home from Lithuania in 2009

Petras Vaida, BC, Vilnius, 07.01.2010.Print version
In 2009, the European Return Fund helped 139 illegal immigrants to return from Lithuania to their countries of origin. According to the Ministry of Interior, despite economic hardship, Lithuania remained an attractive refuge provider for the citizens of the third world countries, a transit state to other countries of the European Union.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Stanislovas Liutkevicius claimed that last year, 320 foreigners were presented to the Foreigners Registration and Center, out of which 218 were illegal immigrants. More than 125,600 litas (36.37 euros) were used out of European Return Fund to return 139 foreigners to the countries of their origin, writes ELTA/LETA.


According to the data provided by the Foreigners Registration Center (URC), 81 immigrants came from Russian Federation, 77 – from Georgia, 24 – Belarus, 17 – Sri Lanka.


"We are interested in returning those foreigners to their countries as soon as possible with the help of European Return Fund. Moreover, all illegal immigrants are provided with information on possibility voluntary return to their country, which is more profitable than forced return," said URC Head Robertas Petraitis.

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