Lithuania to use EU funds to improve living conditions for ‘refugees’.
This is not how one stops mass migration to Europe; they are following the policies of Portugal, which recently announced it would use government funds to allocate to NGOs that welcome migrants. The V4 Report warned of this dangerous precedent last week.
– Lithuania’s government on Monday decided to change the existing rules for the accommodation of refugees in the country so that European funds could be used to improve their living conditions.
Under the new rules, funds from “international organizations”, EU funds and funds from NGOs could be used to cover costs exceeding certain set levels. The changes will allow increasing the “financial basket” using additions funds from the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, the Interior Ministry says.
Lithuania committed to accept 1,077 migrants from EU and third countries. Over the three years since the agreement came into force, 490 migrants were relocated to Lithuania but the majority of them later left for richer EU member states.
* The Baltic states do not offer the benefits or culture (compared to Germany) that attracts the migrants. This was obvious since many of the migrants fled to the richer states. We cannot understand why the Lithuania government would want to change this, but we suspect this idea emanated from Brussels, which is trying its best to ‘harmonize upwards’ the benefits offered by all EU states.
Regardless, we suspect that the migrants will still prefer the welcoming culture of Germany and Sweden. Still, it’s troublesome from another perspective. We prefer the Baltic states align themselves closer to the Visegrad states regarding migration as opposed to following suggestions from Berlin or Brussels.
While Poland and Hungary have reached out to and have good relations with the Baltic states, it would be wise to expand the group of states that refuse to participate in the EU migrant quota scheme. With EU money involved, this is easier said than done. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian government has extended the relocation agreement with the EU until the end of June, 2021.
The question remains on how it will vote when a new EU sharing scheme is proposed? We have a feeling Brussels will try sweetening the pot with more EU funds.