Officers of the Tverečius border guard of the SBGS Vilnius border team caught a group of illegal migrants who had just violated the Belarusian border at the village of Vosiūnai in Ignalina district. 10 foreigners had passports of Iraqi citizens and applied for asylum in Lithuania.
Tverečius border guards detained 10 more illegal migrants from the Belarusian border, who also had Iraqi citizens, at the village of Rimaldiškės in the Ignalina district. These foreigners also applied for asylum.
Detainees will be tested for COVID-19 and isolated until results are available. The circumstances of the event are being clarified, an investigation is underway.
Recently, the Ignalina district has become a place where migrants crossing the border illegally from Belarus mostly try to travel. During the last two weeks, SBGS officers have detained as many as 12 such groups of aliens at the border within the district, a total of 138 persons.
A total of 439 illegal migrants from Belarus tried to enter Lithuania this year. Most of them are Iraqi citizens. That number is one and a half times higher than it was in all of 2020.