The protection of state borders must be stepped up in the wake of the ongoing influx of illegal immigrants, Lithuanian Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.
Saulius Skvernelis
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

In his words, illegal immigrants from Europe's southern countries, being detained in Lithuania, is one "of the arguments that we in fact should step up protection of the state's borders".

"To do that we need to put more officers in place. We have an internal border and we cannot install a barbed fence but we can control by means of human resources and modern technology. We should slightly update one and the other, to make certain acquisitions and we need more officers," the minister told journalists on Wednesday.

Four groups of Iraqis have been detained in Lithuania in the last week and a half, having entered the country from Poland.

"It would be naïve to believe that things will be different since that pressure from the south is huge," Skvernelis said.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Failed attempt in Seimas to make constitutional changes more difficult

Prior to starting deliberations regarding changes on the number of members of Seimas, Liberal...

Lithuania's LSDP party backs EU Commissioner in presidential election

Vytenis Andriukaitis , European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, is leading the race for the...

Presidential election campaign kicks off in Lithuania

The campaign for presidential election in Lithuania officially started on Monday with seven candidates...

Ruling party moves to cut MP seats to 121

Lawmakers of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) say that will table a new draft...

Health minister to table new hospital network reform amendments

Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and several lawmakers said on Friday they are submitting...