Lithuania is considering establishing divisions of the Rukla Foreigners Registration Centre in various municipalities as the country prepares to receive more than one thousand refugees.
Foreigners' Registration Centre in Rukla

"We cannot accept them all in Rukla, therefore, we have asked municipalities for help as there are vacant buildings in municipalities and we can really address this issue," Social Security and Labour Minister Algimanta Pabedinskienė told BNS on Wednesday.

"The initial integration period of 6-12 months would be the same as in Rukla but it would not be centred around one location as there would be the centre's divisions in one or another municipality," she said.

After receiving information from Brussels, decisions will be made on how divisions would be needed, Pabedinskienė said.

In her words, the Rukla centre was ready to accept the pre-agreed number of refugees – 325 over the next two years. But the European Commission on Wednesday called on Lithuania to additionally receive 780 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea who are now in Hungary, Greece and Italy. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said the proposal is acceptable.

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