Population: 2 868 231
NFP: Ministry of the Interior
Involvement: Since 2006
The main instruments of migration policy in Lithuania :
Non-exhaustive list of key policy documents in the field of migration :
National policies and legislation :
Consult the Lithuanian national law database.
Consult recent publications by the European Migration Network.
EU legislation :
Consult EU legislation on migration and home affairs.
Ratification of international treaties :
1997: ratification of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
2003: ratification of the 2000 Protocols on trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants.
The main ministries responsible for migration affairs in Lithuania:
  • Ministry of the Interior: together with its subordinate authorities, is the main body responsible for migration issues, including immigration (entry, stay), border management and irregular migration, the asylum procedure, return and readmission.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: is responsible for visas and consular affairs; draws up development cooperation policy; coordinates relations with the diaspora.
  • Ministry of Social Security and Labour: responsible for labour migration and integration; reception of asylum seekers.
  • Lithuanian National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (2012) : The Organisation of Migration and Asylum Policies in Lithuania. https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/networks/european_migration_network/reports/docs/emn-studies/asylum-migration/16.lithuania_factsheet_institutional_chart_jan2013_en.pdf
  • Ministry of Social Security and Labour: Official website (last accessed 08/12/18). https://socmin.lrv.lt/en/
  • United Nations, UNDESA Population Division and UNICEF (2014): Migration Profiles - Common Set of Indicators. https://esa.un.org/MigGMGProfiles/Indicators/indicators.HTM
Last update: December 2018