Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Graužinienė says that distributing refugees by quotas is immoral. She also says there needs to be a systematic approach to the crisis which would distinguish between war refugees and economic migrants.
Loreta Graužinienė
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

"Europe should address the issue in a systematic manner rather than simply divide the whole number, the issue should be solved clearly in the countries where the problems originate. If this is about war zones, then they are war refugees, if they are economic refugees, it is an entirely different thing. Economic refugees will always head for wealthy countries and probably do not need the intermediate stops, whereas war refugees want a safe environment and social guarantees – the problems need to be separated, we cannot put them together and simply distribute them. People are not something that we can simply divide among ourselves," Graužiniene told the Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday morning.

"Dividing people by quotas is even immoral, this is something European leaders should understand," said the parliamentary speaker.

In her words, Lithuania should first of all estimate its actual hosting potential, also in the light of the possible increase in the number of people fleeing Ukraine that the country may have to accept. The decision on the number of refugees should be endorsed by the parliament, as it has to do directly with the budget funds, said Graužinienė.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

10 unreported moments: Grybauskaite's diplomacy behind-the-scenes

With Dalia Grybauskaite having ended her second term as Lithuanian president, here is a look at her...

Most-advanced US fighter jets land in Lithuania for 1st time

The United States' most-advanced fighter jets F-35 landed in Lithuania on Thursday.

MPs greenlight Rupsys' appointment as chief of defense

The Lithuanian parliament gave on Thursday the green light for the appointment of Major General...

President to nominate Skvernelis for Prime Minister after courtesy resignation

Lithuania's new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis...

Prime Minister: several ministers to be replaced in Cabinet reshuffle

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says more than one ministers will be replaced in the...