07:25 GMT15 April 2021
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    Vietnamese refugees and migrants are among those using a previously unknown corridors to reach the European Union from Belarus, through Lithuania's eastern borders, Renatas Pozela, the commander of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service, said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Pozela, hundreds of Vietnamese migrants have recently been crossing into the European Union, in part due to the economic crisis in Russia, where most of these migrants previously worked.

    "The transit route through Lithuania has been used for many years… We are also seeing constant attempts to open new corridors [to Europe], mostly by Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are trying to reach Scandinavian countries," the commander said, as quoted by Al Jazeera news outlet.

    Lithuania's location, bordering with Belarus, Poland and Latvia, lends itself as an access point to Western Europe.


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