IOM Lithuania: cash-based assistance to Ukrainians fleeing the war

International Organization for Migration Vilnius office (IOM Lithuania) provides one-time payments to cover multipurpose basic needs of Ukrainians fleeing the war. The total amount of payments reaches almost 80 thousand euros. 

"We will provide one-time cash payments to the most vulnerable war refugees - single parents, elderly people, pregnant women. During these few months, we have seen many different stories and we know that people's situations are very different, so IOM Lithuania pays the most attention to those whose situation is extremely difficult. The first payments have already reached Ukrainians who live in Druskininkai and Vilnius," – says Eitvydas Bingelis, head of IOM Lithuania. The benefit per person amounts to 147 euros, every other family member will receive additional 73.5 euros. 

IOM Lithuania cooperates with the Lithuanian Red Cross, which helps to reach the most vulnerable Ukrainians in need and then IOM Lithuania gets in the direct contact with the beneficiaries and provides them with the assistance.  

Citizens of Ukraine or third countries nationals who fled Ukraine after February 24 can receive this cash-based assistance. Special attention is given to the unemployed single-parent families with one or more children, pregnant women, 60-65-year-old persons who have already reached retirement age in Ukraine and cannot work in Lithuania, and victims of human trafficking.  

Almost 70,000 people have arrived in Lithuania since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.