Granting of Asylum

What is asylum?

One of the natural rights of a person is to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution. The Republic of Lithuania respects and preserves this human right.

Asylum in Lithuania means granting:

  • the status of refugee;
  • subsidiary protection.

Who is a refugee?

A refugee is a foreigner (a citizen of a foreign country or a person without any citizenship) who cannot use the protection of his/her own country because of the suffered prosecution in the country of his/her origin or of fearof future persecution. This victimization may be based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a certain social group or political beliefs.

What is subsidiary protection?

Subsidiary protection in Lithuania is provided to a foreigner who does not meet the definition of a refugee but cannot return to his/her country due to an entirely reasonable fear that s/he might be tortured, subjected to violent, inhuman treatment or humiliation  or that s/he will be punished in the aforementioned way, that there is a threat that a capital punishment or an execution may be imposed on the person, that there is a serious and personal threat to his/her life, health, security or freedom  due to reckless violence during an international or internal armed conflict.

What is the grant of asylum?

The grant of asylum in the Republic of Lithuania means that a person is granted the permit to live (permanently or temporarily) in Lithuania and is provided with social assistance. A foreigner who gets refugee status is granted a permanent residence permit, a foreigner who is provided with subsidiary protection –a temporary residence permit (it may be changed after 2 years, if the reasons due to which the additional protection was granted remain valid). Once a foreigner is granted asylum, s/heis subject to social integration in accordance with the procedure established in the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania  (should there any questions arise related to the application of social integration, please contact the Ministry of Social Security and Labour).

Paskutinis atnaujinimas: 2015-03-13 10:40:58