It is quite complicated to make the decision to come back to one‘s home country after a long period of time spent living abroad. Plenty of administrative formalities have to be taken care of at the same time. Moreover, one has to get accustomed to a new political, institutional or emotional situation in the country.
For this particular reason, starting the beginning of 2015, the Migration Information Center (MIC) has been established at the IOM Vilnius Office. This center is a one-stop shop institution providing consultations for all returning Lithuanian migrants, or those who are still contemplating the idea to return to Lithuania.
The consultants of the Migration Information Center are ready to answer the questions regarding labour market trends, internships, vocational training, taxes, social security, health insurance, education, citizenship, entry to Lithuania and residence, and all the formalities regarding these topics. Furthermore, if a person does not have a precise question, but wants to have a chat about returning to Lithuania, share one’s experiences, doubts or difficulties upon returning, twice per week there will be a professional consultant to provide his assistance.
- Consultations for returning Lithuanian migrants and their family members are being provided by phone (8 800 22922 (toll-free hot line when calling within Lithuania) and +370 5 2514352 (calls from abroad), internet (Skype: Migracijos informacijos centras) and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Establishment of an internet website, where all the information related to the easier return to Lithuania and re-integration will be uploaded. The website will be a tool to provide all the information regarding the above mentioned formalities in a user-friendly manner. Moreover, the website will tell the stories of Lithuanian nationals who have already returned to Lithuania, will provide details or the situations in the regions, give more information on re-emigration related initiatives and organizations that exist in the country.
- The network of governmental institutions, NGOs and business representatives will be established in order to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the consultations. A database with contact information will allow MIC consultants to provide answers in a timely and adequate manner.
The project is financed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania