Lithuania will provide assistance to Lithuanians living in Venezuela to relocate because of the escalating situation in the South American country.
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On Wednesday, the Lithuanian government backed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' proposal which it says will be important for around 50 Lithuanian citizens and people of Lithuanian descent who might consider relocating to Lithuania.

Applications from Venezuela's Lithuanians for the status of a relocated person would be accepted by October, 2020.

The ministry estimates that around 10 people will be relocated from Venezuela in the first stage, which will cost the state some 130,000 euros in 2019 to 2020.

The relocation program would be launched under a law that allows covering relocation expenses and provides other forms of state aid to Lithuanians living in crisis-hit foreign countries. The law came into force earlier this year.

Figures submitted to the government show that 187 Lithuanian citizens live in Venezuela. The Lithuanian community in the country consists of around 400 people of Lithuanian descent.

Venezuela has been in a political, economic and humanitarian crisis for several years. Venezuelans have faced food and medicine shortages, and power outages.

Several years ago, Lithuanian launched a similar initiative to help Lithuanians relocate to Lithuanian from the war-torn Eastern Ukraine.

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