Lithuania has been slow in taking in refugees under the European Union's resettlement programme and is lagging behind Latvia and Estonia, according to the European Commission.
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The European Commission's report, published last week, showed that Lithuania has so far only resettled 11 refugees. The country has committed to taking in 1,105 migrants under the EU's two-year programme.

Meanwhile Latvia has accepted 23 refugees and Estonia 19.

Lithuania's Deputy Interior Minister Elvinas Jankevičius said that refugee resettlement is not a race and numbers alone do not show how well EU countries are implementing the programme.

Lithuania has so far received a Syrian family of five from Greece, an Iraqi family of four and a couple from Syria.

European Union states have agreed to distribute about 160,000 refugees among themselves. So far, only 8,000 people have been resettled under the programme.

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