Lithuania pays migrants € 1 000 to return to Iraq whish is much cheaper than taking care of them in the country
The largest group of migrants to break through the Lithuanian-Belarusian border at the height of the latest migrant crisis has been returned to Baghdad, EroNews report.
98 Iraqis were offered a one-time payment of €1,000 to board the flight.
According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, all went voluntarily.
“We estimate how much it costs for us one migrant,” said Agnè Bilotaite, Lithuanian Minister of the Interior. “The basic cost of maintaining one migrant is €11,000 per year. It is obviously much more profitable for us to offer a benefit, buy a ticket or arrange a flight and thus have fewer challenges and other problems.”