Lithuania Offering Migrants Cash, Plane Tickets to Go Home

The Lithuanian government is offering cash payments and free flights to migrants who have illegally entered via Belarus, according to reports.

Thousands of rejected asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa are currently staying in migrant centers in Lithuania.

Just 54 asylum applications out of more than 3,200 have been approved so far this year, RTBF reports.

Vilnius is now increasing incentives in an effort to coerce migrants to voluntarily return to their home countries, as deportation can be a costly and complicated procedure.

Any migrant who chooses to go home will be given a plane ticket and 1,000 euros (~$1,130), up from 300 (~$340) euros previously offered.

“After rejecting most asylum applications, we need solutions to return migrants to their country of origin," Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite told AFP.

"We hope that the higher payment will increase the number of migrants who return voluntarily.”

The funds are reportedly being provided to Lithuania by the European Commission.

In addition to thousands of illegal border crossings, Lithuanian authorities say they have thwarted nearly 9,000 more so far this year.

The substantial uptick in migrant traffic came after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to allow aliens and drugs to flood Europe amid fraying diplomatic ties with the E.U. earlier this year.


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