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Lithuania is getting set to increase to increase the detention time of migrants from 12 months to 18 months. Most of the migrants crossed into the country from Belarus.

According to LRT English Newsletter, Petras Regauskas, a lawyer and researcher at the Lithuanian Law Institute described the situation as “a failure of the institutions.”

The lawyer went on to say he had doubts whether the problems would have a solution within 6 months or even a year.

Although the flow of people crossing the borders is relatively at a low ebb, the detention periods are still in force.

According to the Interior Ministry, “if an asylum claim is still pending after 18 months, the person would be able to live at the Foreigns’ Registration Centres (UFC) or elsewhere.”

The document went on to say that if the individual has ceased being an asylum seeker, they will be left to their own devices while awaiting repatriation.

But, according to Tomas Vytautas Raskevictus, chairman of the Seimas Human Rights Committee, the person could seek sanctuary in some other European country.

He goes on to say if the asylum seekers flee to other countries and get detained there they might be returned to Lithuania. Then, there might be a could decision pertaining to why there freedom of movement should be restricted.

In the estimation of Lithuania’s Interior Ministry, 2,750 migrants are being detailed.

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