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On migrants, it’s one hypocritical EU rule for Lithuania and another for bogeyman Viktor Orban

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21.07.2021

When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen fronted up in Vilnius a couple of weeks ago, her decision to lend enthusiastic support to the Lithuanians in their bid to stem the flow of migrants across the border from neighbouring Belarus was a remarkable change of approach.

Ever keen to roll out the heavily armed soldiers that comprise Frontex – the EU’s border and coast guard force whose offers of help are most often rebuffed – von der Leyen said personnel would be deployed not just to Lithuania but to Latvia, which also borders Belarus, to help repel illegal migrants.

“Your worries and your problems here in Lithuania are European worries and problems,” von der Leyen reassured Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte. “We really stand by your side in this difficult time.”

It was the sort of talk you hear from allies when nations go into battle, not what you’d expect when talking about immigration and Lithuania.

Let’s put this into perspective. At the start of this month, figures showed that 822 migrants crossing from Belarus have been detained in Lithuania so far this year, up from just 81 for the whole of 2020. Lithuania is obviously not the asylum seekers’ destination of choice. Compare that to the UK’s single-day record of 430........

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