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Dispatch from the border: Witnessing Lithuania’s migrant pushbacks

In October, LRT reporters saw a group of 13 migrants on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. What followed was the first reporting on Lithuania’s pushback policy.

November 9, 2021 - Jurga Bakaitė - Articles and Commentary

The migrants take their things, each has about a bagful of belongings. Photo: Jurga Bakaitė/LRT

A group of people sitting around a campfire are teaching each other how to pronounce, in English, a request for asylum. The group consists of two families, including a woman who claims to be pregnant, a few teenagers, and a four-year-old girl.

All migrants say they are sick, we hear them coughing. The soles of one man’s shoes are almost falling off. They ask for water.

The people say they come from Afghanistan, that they have already spent two nights in Lithuania. The border guards will later say that they have had Russian residence permits for some time.


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