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  • Lithuanian universities to enrol refugees
    the of the Lithuanian University Rectors Conference Every school will accept between a few and a few dozen refugees free of charge We re talking about the year 2016 According to Daniunas those who have had their studies interrupted their home country or those willing to start university education will be accepted to Lithuanian universities Daniunas said the refugees would be accepted under the same conditions as all other foreign students in that they will have to find and pay for their own accommodation Every school will individually decide on the number of refugees it s willing to take in he continued The number of new students is scheduled to be published the week commencing September 28 Lithuania has committed to receiving 1 105 refugees from countries such as Syria Iraq and Eritrea over the course of two years Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues

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  • Latvian Illegal Immigration Increases in September
    Zilupe Terehova Silene and Riga Airport Border Control Points All had either overstayed their visas or were not in possession of valid visas Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma expressed the growing concern throughout many EU countries We cannot receive figures regarding the number of migrants in the EU each week without thinking about the causes she said This year approximately 300 illegal Vietnamese immigrants have been detained in Latvia Far fewer groups were held in 2014 According to Garbars the sudden increase is due to a diversion of migrant traffic in the past these routes went around Latvia via Ukraine At present the transporter organizer has assessed the risks which is associated with money and maybe even loss of life so the route is no longer channeled through Ukraine he explained The migrants journey from Vietnam to Latvia is over 7000 miles long On 23 September Straujuma attended the European Council meeting to request additional funds for Latvian authorities planning to build a fence and install video surveillance along parts of Latvia s external borders The Council has not yet released its decision She clarified on 21 September that the government has no plans to close the border with Lithuania and Estonia Other EU member states have opted to restore border controls in an attempt to minimise illegal immigration Garbars stated on 22 September that Our main task is to ensure control over the migrant flow It is clear that we can partly renew border control on seven roads to Lithuania and three roads to Estonia He emphasised that Latvia is prepared for this undertaking if necessary although additional border guards will be needed Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to

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  • Kohver released
    of work in the Estonian security police service Dressen obtained and delivered to Moscow a colossal amount of valuable documents regarding secret operations of the U S CIA and the British MI6 against Russia from the position of the Baltic countries he said He helped expose agents of a number of foreign intelligence services working in Russia prevent attempts of Western secret services to recruit agents from amongst senior Russian officials and establish the identity of persons behind numerous anti Russian actions in the Baltic countries the source said Dressen s wife arrived in Russia in an earlier period the source said The Federal Security Service detained Estonian Internal Security Service officer Eston Kohver on the Estonian Russian border on September 5 2014 The Estonian government asserts Kohver was illegally kidnapped from the Estonian side of the border the Russian government maintains he was carrying weapons a large sum of money and was captured on the Russian side of the border The day after a court in Moscow ordered his arrest on espionage counts New counts of illegal border crossing illegal weapon and arms contraband were brought later The Pskov Region Court sentenced Kohver to 15 years in penitentiary on August 19 The Harju County Court sentenced Dressen to 16 years in penitentiary on the high treason counts in 2012 A suspended sentence with a five year probation period was given to his wife Victoria Dressen who was helping her husband and was detained in the Tallinn airport with electronic media containing secret data before taking a flight to Moscow Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password

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  • News search
    release of political prisoners The Latvian Foreign Ministry has praised the release of six political prisoners in Belarus on August 22 Considered th Read More Lithuania welcomes first 495 volunteers to its army On Monday August 24 2015 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed the first 495 volunteers to the country s army for their nine Read More NATO aircraft scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft twice last week The Lithuanian Defence Ministry has confirmed between August 17 23 NATO fighter jets conducting air policing from the country were scrambled Read More Polish President Duda calls for increased NATO troops in eastern region During his visit to Tallinn on Sunday August 23 2015 newly elected Polish President Andrzej Duda said he feels it necessary for NATO to establ Read More NATO s StratCom shambles RIGA Any member of the public trying to use the Latvian National Library last Thursday or Friday would have been turned away Hulky earpiece Read More Ukraine celebrates 25 years of independence President Grybauskaite sends congratulations August 24 2015 saw Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite congratulate her Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on 25 years of Ukrainian Read More Russia surprised by Western reaction to Kohver sentencing Moscow has hit back at Western officials who have protested over a Russian court s recent sentencing of Esto Read More Previous 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events

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  • Simasius - no plans for mosque in Vilnius
    many of whom are Muslim I know there are two working mosques in Lithuania today and neither are situated in Vilnius Simasius told the LNK TV channel There are no future plans to change anything or build anything Vilnius has a lot of other problems The construction of a mosque is definitely not that issue that needs a breakthrough today Lithuania s Prime Minister Minister Algirdas Butkevicius also believes the construction of a mosque in Vilnius is not a necessity I think that other premises could also be prepared if people need to worship he told LNK during the same interview Lithuania s Mufti Romas Jakubauskas hopes for good nature from the Simasius Jakubauskas claims a Muslim community of several thousand people needs a mosque due to rites being performed in the building s prayer room Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective

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  • Kubilius: Poroshenko advisory council works only "theoretically"
    seminar we don t have any working relations we don t have any duties and a seminar is when you invite experienced people to advise you on the resolution of one or the other problem Under the Lithuanian constitution the duties of a Seimas member with the exception of his duties at the Seimas are incompatible with any other duties at state institutions and organisations as well as with work in business commercial and other private establishments or enterprises Lithuanian Labor Party MP Mecislovas Zasciurinskas has asked the Seimas Commission for the Ethics and Procedures to evaluate Kubilius appointment as a Poroshenko advisor and rule whether his appointment does not run counter to the Lithuanian Constitution Asked by the ethics watchdog whether he had signed any contract regarding his work in the council Kubilius said that there are no contracts salaries work or activity Poroshenko set up the advisory council in May 2015 and its members besides Kubilius includeex Swedish Foreign Minister Karl Bildt ex Slovakian Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda Swedish economist Anders Aslund U S Senator John McCain ex Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe

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  • Belgium to change "born in the Soviet Union" on all official documents for Lithuanians born before 1991
    in the Soviet Union The decision was confirmed Lithuania s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 23 2015 An agreement was reached between the Lithuanian Embassy in Belgium the Belgian Foreign Ministry and its National Register The three bodies reviewed information regarding Lithuanian citizens residing in Belgium and took the decision to change their place of birth from the Soviet Union to Lithuania on official documents Although Belgium never recognised the USSR s occupation of the Baltic States Belgian law dictates the National Register has to record the name of the country that existed during the time of birth Up until now a temporary decision has been in place regarding Lithuanian citizens born before 1991 Only a city or place where they were born instead of the country the Soviet Union were identified in documents issued by Belgium Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to

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  • Why Baltics should take in refugees
    the state language This would certainly not have been true of say a Belarusian electrician or an Armenian factory worker moving to the Baltics in the 1970s Thirdly if handled correctly there should be a degree of gratitude to the nation and eagerness to integrate on the part of many migrants after all the alternative for a great number of them would have been death A great deal of the discussion about the prospective intake of migrants has focused on the possible negative consequences of a more multicultural region but it should be emphasised that immigration also brings significant benefits including in economic terms Almost all available data on this question has concluded that the presence of recent immigrants boosts a country s economy a recent University College London study found that non EU immigrants to the UK had contributed over 5bn to the economy over the previous decade at the same time as the contribution of native born Brits was actually negative And why would anyone be surprised by this Those people who have managed to escape war famine or other disasters overcoming dangerous obstacles on their way are likely to be among the most motivated and resourceful exactly the kind of people likely to succeed economically in their adopted country and do difficult unpleasant jobs if need be Many European countries have declining populations and the trend is particularly steep in the Baltic countries principally due to low birth rates and young people migrating to Western Europe for economic reasons The World Bank projects that by 2050 Estonia s population will be 1 150 000 Latvia s 1 640 000 Lithuania s 2 514 000 in all cases a sharp drop from the current number people over 65 will comprise over a fifth in each To avoid severe demographic unbalancing and consequent economic and social problems the inhabitants of the Baltic countries must do at least one of three things have more children stop emigrating to wealthier nations or allow in more immigrants Strenuous government efforts to promote the first two options have had only limited success only one option remains voluntary acceptance of significant numbers of migrants If the carrot doesn t work here s the stick The European Union is a union any union comes with a mix of benefits and responsibilities If the Baltic countries participate in dealing with a Europe wide crisis half heartedly or not at all it will greatly reduce the likelihood that Western Europe will lend a hand when they need it Anne Applebaum an American historian who has dedicated her career to the study of Eastern Europe put it well in a tweet recently East Europeans uninterested in helping solve refugee crisis should prepare for rest of EU to lose interest in them and their problems too Absolutely What if God forbid something should happen with Russia There is a huge overlap between EU and NATO members A weak squabbling Europe divided by grudges and resentment is exactly what Putin

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