EU to Aid Lithuanian Migrant Crisis

On Monday, Brussels offered millions of euros to aid Lithuania in dealing with a migrant crisis as more people try to cross the border with Belarus daily.

Lithuania has accused Belarusian officials of organizing illegal border crossings in retribution for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s actions.

In Lithuania, 3,832 migrants have been arrested so far. 

To prevent more illegal crossings, Lithuania planned to construct a physical barrier between itself and Belarus, which it believes would cost more than 100 million euros.

EU cash is not authorized to be used to support the construction of border barriers but  Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said they would still do so. 

“We will eventually build it, no matter how much aid is sent by the EU. The border must be protected,” said Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte.

Because of the high influx of migrants police were forced to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse migrant altercations at the Rudininkai detention center.

According to authorities, many young Iraqis were taken from the center for questioning regarding the altercation. 

In July, the Rudininkai military training field, located 40 kilometers outside of Vilnius, was transformed into one of the country’s several migrant detention centers.

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