Lithua­nian min­istry pro­poses ad­di­tional com­pen­sa­tion for refugees

The Baltic Times - - COMMENTARY - BNS/TBT Staff

Lithua­nia's So­cial Se­cu­rity and Labour Min­istry has pro­posed pay­ing one more ben­e­fit to asy­lum ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­tended for rent of hous­ing. The min­istry said the com­pen­sa­tion would ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den dur­ing the pe­riod of in­te­gra­tion in a cer­tain mu­nic­i­pal­ity. "The cur­rent aid paid to asy­lum ben­e­fi­cia­ries is not suf­fi­cient to cover their ba­sic needs," the min­istry stressed.

The scheme pro­posed by the Min­istry would ap­ply to the refugees af­ter they com­plete in­te­gra­tion at the Refugee Cen­ter in Rukla or upon ar­riv­ing di­rectly in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The size of the com­pen­sa­tion would be de­pend on the city the asy­lum ben­e­fi­cia­ries are moved to. Ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions made by the min­istry, an av­er­age of 314 eu­ros per per­son would be needed for hous­ing com­pen­sa­tions dur­ing the 12-month in­te­gra­tion pe­riod. The per­sons who are re­lo­cated to Lithua­nia un­der the Euro­pean Union's (EU) quota would re­ceive hous­ing com­pen­sa­tions from EU money ear­marked for their in­te­gra­tion.

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