During her visit to Lithuania, the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Maryna Lazebnaya discussed with the Minister of Social Protection and Labor of the Republic of Lithuania Monika Navitskene the conditions of stay and programs to support temporarily displaced Ukrainians.
It is reported by Ukrinform with reference to press service of the Ministry of Social Policy.
It is noted that about 54 thousand temporarily displaced citizens of Ukraine have registered in Lithuania, of which more than 21 thousand are children, and the vast majority of adults are women.
According to the Ministry of Social Policy and Labor Protection of the Republic of Lithuania, more than 7.6 thousand citizens of Ukraine work legally in Lithuania – this is one third of temporarily displaced Ukrainians of working age.
“Displaced working Ukrainians have already paid more than 3 million euros in taxes during this time, in April alone – almost 2 million euros. The average earnings of Ukrainian citizens in Lithuania is about 900 euros after taxes.
As reported, as of May, more than 8 thousand Ukrainian children attend Lithuanian schools, more than 2.6 thousand children from Ukraine attend kindergartens. They receive free school lunches, free use of public transport and free participation in after-school activities.
In addition, about 300 Ukrainian students continued their studies in Lithuanian universities for free and receive scholarships in the amount of 300 euros.
The Ministry of Social Policy reported that in April the International Ukrainian School began its activities in the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas. Some schools in Vilnius began to teach Ukrainian language, literature and history as an optional extra.
Currently, the issue of organizing free summer camps in Lithuania for Ukrainian children is being developed.
It is noted that in many Lithuanian cities, public transport for Ukrainian citizens is free of charge, in addition, you can travel around Lithuania by train for free.
Since some of the temporarily displaced Ukrainians are already returning home, free buses have been organized since May on the route Kaunas-Lviv, Vilnius-Lviv (3-4 times a week). And from June 1, such buses will depart daily.
As reported, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine will cooperate with the ministries of Lithuania and Latvia to protect the rights of displaced Ukrainians, in particular, children and people with disabilities.