Information to returning Lithuanians
The IOM Migration Information center seeks to provide consultations and assistance to returning Lithuanian migrants or those who are only considering a possibility to return back to Lithuania
It is quite complicated to make a decision to come back to one‘s home country after a long period of time spent living abroad. Plenty of administrative formalities have to be undertaken at the same time. Moreover, one has to get accustomed to a new political, institutional or emotional situation in the country. As people change, so has Lithuania. IOM believes that only when possessing adequate information, can people make the best decisions.
Starting at the beginning of 2015, IOM MIC is providing consultations to all returning Lithuanian migrants or those who are, for now, only thinking of coming back. In a one-stop shop institution, returning migrants can receive information on the following topics:
- Social security
- Health insurance
- Arriving family members who are not Lithuanian nationals
Are you still in doubt whether it is worth contacting us? Do you think your questions are too personal to approach governmental institutions for more information? Contact the consultants of the Migration Information center. They will evaluate your situation, provide you with informational support or will direct you to appropriate institutions or organizations.
Migration information center will assist you by:
Consulting for foreigners in Lithuania
IOM Vilnius provides free consultations on legal and practical issues related to arrival and stay in Lithuania. If you are confronted with a problem or a difficult situation related to migration, feel free to contact IOM. Although we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to solve your problem, we will do our best to analyze your situation and look for all possible solutions. For consultations please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +370 5 262 4897.
Assisted Voluntary Return Programme
IOM is willing to help foreigners who have found themselves in a difficult situation and want to return to their countries of origin.
The Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme is an aid for the migrants who decided to return home voluntarily, but do not have the (financial) means or need special assistance. Since 1979 the International Organization for Migration has helped to safely return home more than 1.2 million migrants from all over the world.
During the 15 years of its activity IOM Vilnius office has provided the assistance for more than 2000 foreigners from Asian, African and European countries.
IOM Vilnius provides the following assistance:
- Assistance in obtaining travel documents necessary for the return;
- Travel arrangements, routing, ticketing, payment for the excess baggage;
- Reintegration assistance that helps migrants to establish themselves back in their home countries (operated in cooperation with IOM offices in the migrants’ countries of origin).
free telephone line: 8 800 12342
in person: at IOM Vilnius Office, Jaksto str. 12, 4th floor, LT-01105 Vilnius, Lithuania
For more information visit the project website: www.returnhome.lt
While offical estimates of the number of victims of trafficking worldwide vary, one reliable figure claims that over 800.000 persons become victims of trafficking yearly. It is crucially important to realize that this number is constantly rising as well. Moreover, estimates often do not even include individuals who are victims within the borders of their own countries.The IOM is working to prevent this crime. During the last 25 years the IOM has assisted over 65.000 victims of human trafficking.
Trafficking of persons means:
IOM Vilnius office has been closely involved in counter-trafficking efforts in Lithuania since 2001. Until now the office has provided assistance to more than 200 victims of human trafficking, implemented research and public awareness raising campaigns on the risks of trafficking, provided training to key stakeholders (social workers, police, prosecutors, teachers) on how to preempt and prevent this crime. The public campaign “You could be sold like a doll” received nation-wide recognition. IOM Vilnius actively contributes to the prevention of trafficking not only in the Baltic states, but also in the Kaliningrad region (Russian Federation).
Trafficking in human beings is a constantly evolving crime. Currently, new forms of trafficking are proliferating, including: exploitation for labour purposes, trafficking of children for thievery abroad, etc. With this fact in mind, IOM Vilnius began the project “Fighting of trafficking crime by increasing social responsibility” to address these new challenges. The project aims to increase social responsibility of communities and to train social workers working with at-risk families in remote regions to recognize possible victims of trafficking early on.
Observe current problems and offer professional solutions – this is the IOM’s motto when conducting research
The Migration Research Division (MRD) based in the IOM Headquarters in Geneva implements applied research on "mainstream" migration sectors and migration policy issues to enhance the IOM's programme delivery and to enable the IOM to serve as the primary reference point on migration. One of the major publications is the World Migration Report.
The IOM Vilnius office conducts research relevant for Lithuania and the EU. IOM Vilnius office participates in European migration network (EMN) which provides up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum topics to policy makers (at EU and Member State levels) and to the general public. EMN publishes 3-4 studies a year on relevant migration and asylum topics and presents the newest statistical information.
More publications can be found at:
Migrant integration is a complex long-term process encompassing the majority aspect in life of society. In a broader perspective, the migrant integration is a process during which immigrants become a functional part of the society, while retaining their ethnic identity. In order to ensure a smooth and successful mutual agreement process between immigrants and locals, IOM implements a number of various activities worldwide.
For a long time Lithuania has been a homogeneous country, especially in terms of race and religion; however, today country faces a constantly increasing flow of third country nationals who come here to live and work. According to the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, almost 40 000 foreigners reside in Lithuania today. Most of them face not only language barriers but also cultural differences. Additionally, most of the civil and public service providers, who should be addressing these processes, do not possess the necessary intercultural competence, knowledge or experience. For this reason, special integration programmes for legal immigrants and trainings for civil servants who are working with immigrants becomes vitally important.
IOM activities on migrant integration in Lithuania started in 2000, when the first integration projects for Russian-speaking residents from former Soviet republics were implemented. Since 2008, IOM Vilnius office carries out purposefully oriented trainings, aimed at building intercultural competence among specialists of different fields, for instance: police officers, social workers, child right protection specialists.
Renkuosi Lietuvą: Story of Laurynas Boguševičius
Laurynas talks about what life in emigration is like and how it felt to return back home.
The European Migration Network (EMN) plays a key role in providing policymakers and the wider public with up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum. In Lithuania EMN is represented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Vilnius office.
Everything Will Be Fine
Preventive short film "Everything Will Be Fine" points at changing forms of human exploitation and why all – men, women and children as well – may become victims of human trafficking