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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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    • marcanhalt
      Two more countries that cannot leave their apple pies to cool on an open kitchen window sill.
    • manofsteel194275
      On the edge of our seats we sit, waiting for the Banker to send the world into a death spiral of debt. When this does happen what will be the response of the army that has came to the nations looking to be fed and sheltered? What will the nations do? I think a big bunch of killing is coming around the bend; best if we keep the number of our enemy as small as possible. When all law breaks down, we want to be sure to find and punish the Leadership that did not make it to the DUMBS, this must be our priority lest they breed and make more of themselves.
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