Officials say “unreliable” persons entered Lithuania due to migration control gaps

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Officials say “unreliable” persons entered Lithuania due to migration control gaps

Darius Jauniskis

VILNIUS – A certain number of suspicious persons have entered Lithuania recently due to gaps in migration control system, Darius Jauniskis, head of State Security Department (VSD) said on Wednesday.

“There are some unreliable persons; they are being monitored,” Jauniskis told reporters after meeting of parliamentary National Security and Defence committee.

“In some cases, we lack legal arguments, as regards to both Lithuanian and the EU law, and certain evidences in order to send them out of the country,” Jauniskis was quoted as saying by local media.

VSD is working “very intensively” and carries out a few investigations related to people deemed to be unreliable, he added.

Jauniskis, however, did not elaborate on the concrete number of such persons currently staying in Lithuania and did not name from where they arrive.

“Our department evaluates the cases as regards hybrid threats. Somebody is arriving from neighboring countries, but also don’t forget issues of terrorism and migration from distant countries,” said the VSD head.

Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliamentary committee, confirmed that “several” persons, who “are hostile, linked to terrorism”, have arrived in Lithuania recently, news agency Elta reported.

Bakas added that some Lithuanian enterprises profit from opaque mediation in granting thousands of residence permits to third country nationals.

On Tuesday, Lithuania’s Minister of Internal Affairs Eimutis Misiunas vowed to dissolve the country’s frequently criticized Migration Department, and transfer its functions to the police and the State Border Guard Service.


Xinhua news

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