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EU: humanitarian support to migrants in Lithuania

Unprecedented influx of asylum seeker from Belarus

23 July, 15:40
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUL 23 - The European Commission is helping European countries send support to Lithuania through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Commission informed today.

Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus, the Commission said. Already 12 countries have offered support such as tents, beds and generators.

"Lithuania's border is an external EU border, which is currently experiencing an unprecedented influx of migrants and asylum seekers. These people, many of the vulnerable, need urgent support such as food and shelter. The European Union and other Member States will not leave Lithuania in this difficult situation alone. Already many EU countries have offered support and we are ready to send more help as needed," Janez Lenarcic, Commissioner for Crisis Management said. (ANSA).

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