Lithuania's Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Vice-Minister Elvinas Jankevičius visited the city of Jonava on Thursday to discuss accommodation and integration of refugees to be hosted by Lithuania.
Saulius Skvernelis
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In Rukla, the minister inspected the living premises and the territory intended for the refugees, inquiring about their routines and integration challenges.

At a meeting with Jonava Mayor Mindaugas Sinkevičius, the minister said he understood the concerns of some of the members of the society about hosting the refugees, particularly the fears of Rukla residents, the Interior Ministry said in a press release.

"It is important to note that Lithuania and its communications officers will be actively involved in the refugee selection process. Our main objective is to make sure and receive persons who constitute no threat to national or domestic security. Furthermore, we will do our best that the hosted persons are of similar religion, culture and customs. This will make it easier for them to adapt and integrate," Skvernelis said in the press release.

The minister emphasized that Rukla would be granted additional attention from the police and other agencies of the Interior Ministry after refugees are placed in the town.

Lithuania has committed to accepting 325 refugees from Africa and the Middle East within the next two years. The EU programme is intended to ease the burden of refugees for Italy and Greece.

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