Opening door to refugees, Lithuania says finds few takers
Lithuania, in contrast to wealthier countries of western and northern Europe, is throwing its doors open to refugees fleeing war and hardship in the Middle East, but is finding few takers. “We are prepared to accept refugees immediately, but there are no refugees in Italy or Greece who agreed to resettle in Lithuania,” Rimantas Vaitkus, deputy chancellor of the Lithuanian government told Reuters on Monday. Lithuania has agreed to settle 1,105 refugees in the next two years, mostly from Italy and Greece, according to European Commision proposals which foresaw relocation of a total of 160,000 people.
12 October, 2015 EU's refugee relocation scheme 'not enough': UN The European Union's current relocation scheme for refugees is "not enough" to address the scope of the problem, the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the current EU scheme to share out 160,000 refugees from […]
24 October, 2015 Europe split on migrant crisis on eve of Brussels talks By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Maja Zuvela SOFIA/RIGONCE, Slovenia (Reuters) - European leaders traded threats and reprimands on Saturday as thousands more migrants and refugees streamed into the Balkans on the eve of European Union talks aimed at agreeing on urgent action to tackle the […]