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Migration institutions
The main Lithuanian institutions shaping and implementing migration policy are as follows:
  • Ministry of the Interior is the main institution responsible for formation and supervision of implementation of migration policy.
  • Migration Department is the main central institution implementing state policy in the area of migration (with the exception of economic migration).
  • Migration services are the main territorial institutions dealing with the issuance of residence permits and control the legal stay of aliens in the country. The activities of migration services are co-ordinated by the Police Department.
  • State Border Guard Service protects the state border and exercises control of illegal immigration.
  • Foreigners’ Registration Centre is an institution which houses detained aliens and provides with accommodation asylum seekers.
  • Refugees Reception Centre is an institution which provides with accommodation the aliens who have been granted asylum in Lithuania and unaccompanied minor.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs participates in the formation and implementation of visa policy. Lithuanian diplomatic missions and consular posts issue visas, receive documents for issuance of residence permits, granting of citizenship, legalise documents.
  • Ministry of Social Security and Labour shapes labour market policy and Lithuanian Labour Exchange issues work permits to aliens.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Ministry of the Interior
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Ministry of Social Security and Labor
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Migration services
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Migration Department
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Refugee Reception Center
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Lithuanian Labour Exchange
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Visa services
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State Border Guard Service
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Foreigners' Registration Center
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Border Control Posts
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Migration issues are also addressed by non-governmental organisations. The following NGOs are among the most active ones in Lithuania:
  • International Organization for Migration (Vilnius Office) implements programmes for information and consultation of migrants, assistance to migrants in voluntarily returning to the countries of origin and reintegrating in the countries of origin, carries out the projects related to integration of migrants in Lithuania, training of officers and civil servants working in the migration field, conducts research on the issues of migration, is involved in the area of prevention of trafficking in human beings. IOM Vilnius Office also performs the functions of LT EMN NCP.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office per representative in Lithuania carries out trainings and disseminates information related to rights of refugees.
  • Lithuanian Red Cross Society carries out asylum seekers and refugee support projects.
  • Institutes for Ethnic Studies and Demographic Studies of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre conducts research in the field of migration.
  • Tolerant Youth Association implements projects of integration of immigrants.
  • Caritas Lithuania aims to reduce poverty and social distinct of the most vulnerable groups of society. Caritas Lithuania also carries out prevention of human trafficking and provides assistance to victims of trafficking.