Ukrainian refugees in Lithuania can start work immediately

Ukrainians with biometric passports, a Schengen visa or a temporary residence permit “will be able to integrate to the jobs market right away”, Navickienė confirmed at a press conference. [EPA-EFE/Zsolt Czegledi]

Ukrainians fleeing Russian invasion and have arrived in Lithuania can start work immediately “if there will be a wish for that”, Social Security and Labour Minister Monika Navickienė said on Wednesday.

Ukrainians with biometric passports, a Schengen visa or a temporary residence permit “will be able to integrate to the jobs market right away”, Navickienė confirmed at a press conference.

Those waiting for a residency permit will be taken care of by the Lithuanian Public Employment Service and “will be provided with all needed information”.

“I am thankful for employers who are proactively offering job positions. Over 70 employers offered over 1,000 job positions for people coming from Ukraine,” Navickienė said.

She also highlighted that pensions would be ensured “in cases when Ukrainians living in Lithuania won’t be able to receive pensions from their homeland”.

The government on Wednesday decided to allocate €3.3 million to cover psychological help, translation, legal services, food, living and healthcare costs.

As of Wednesday, 643 Ukrainians have been registered in Lithuania. “We don’t have detailed information yet how many of them are children and how many are adults but we are seeing that there are mainly women and children,” the minister said.

With unaccompanied minors also expected to arrive in the country, Lithuania will be relaxing its rules on guardianship. “I am inviting Lithuanians, who are considering becoming guardians, to make this decision as today is the best time to do so,” Navickienė also said.

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