bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 21.01.2018 | Name days: Agne, Agnese, Agnija
LatviaLatvia

Asylum seekers in Europe refuse to relocate to Latvia

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAsylum seekers resettled in southern Europe refuse to relocate to Latvia. In addition, their relocation to this country is made more difficult by cooperation problems with local authorities, as stated in Interior Affairs Ministry’s report to the government.

In accordance with EU resettlement programme, 346 individuals were relocated to Latvia by mid-September this year. 178 of them are adults and 168 – children. Latvia still has to resettle 185 asylum seekers. Nearly all asylum seekers from Greece, 50% of asylum seekers from Turkey and only 14% from Italy have been resettled in Latvia.

Syria and Eritrea were the main origin countries of asylum seekers in 2016-2017.

It is mentioned in the report that the current trend is for asylum seekers to leave Latvia once asylum or alternative status is provided and travel documents are provided. So far Latvia has received two requests from EU member states to return asylum seekers.

Analysing the resettlement situation in the EU, Interior Affairs Ministry notes that among all member states, Baltics have completed their commitments in relation to terms and number of resettled persons the most successfully.

At the same time, the report also mentions certain problems associated with resettlement of asylum seekers and their integration in Latvian society.

The ministry notes that Latvia lacks effective cooperation, especially with Italian authorities. On top of that, personal cases of asylum seekers from Italy do not match Latvia’s profile. The resettlement process is difficult not just with Italy, but with Turkey as well. Processes in Turkey depend on local authorities. Because of that, there is a risk of deviation from the coordinated schedule.

The ministry also reports that persons approved for resettlement from Turkey to Latvia often refuse to relocate to the country and never show up for interviews.

Interior Affairs Ministry notes that problems also often surface when asylum seekers arrive in Latvia.

The most common problem is finding a translator to assist with provision of asylum seeker or alternative status. As for teaching Latvian language to refugees, there is always a cultural barrier and education environment unfamiliarity.

Social workers and mentors have minimal opportunities to offer assistance to asylum seekers when it comes to finding a home. This is because the amount of assistance for seekers of international protection is often insufficient to help find a home. This is because in most cases tenants have to secure considerable advance payments.

Considering that asylum seekers are more involved in raising their own children, there is limited opportunity for them to attend lectures and other activities. In addition, some of the women relocated to Latvia are not used to studying in the same room as men, which creates another problem for the education process.

Reasons why third country nationals find it difficult to enter Latvia’s labour market include lack of motivation or a person’s dissatisfaction with the host country’s offered job. In addition, people provided with asylum seeker status lack knowledge appropriate for Latvia’s labour market, and the wage level for manual labour is very low in Latvia. The aforementioned difficulties with learning Latvian language also make is hard for asylum seekers to qualify for more prestigious jobs.

Only a small number of refugees have basic English or Russian language skills.

The ministry has concluded that the size of benefits is also insufficient to cover housing rent and other living costs unless the person finds a job soon after arriving in the country.

Last year, a total of EUR 5,621,574 was spent on realization of the asylum seeker resettlement plan. This year’s costs are estimated at EUR 4,880,994. Funding is planned at EUR 1,439,879 for 2018 and EUR 1,285,253 for 2019.

Ref: 225.109.109.5209


Leave a reply

Week in Lithuania. Fake news on Lithuanian Defence Minister planted on news portal

The Tv3. lt news website was hacked on Thursday, January 18 - a fake news story about Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis was posted claiming that Karoblis allegedly harassed Ridas Jasiulionis, a journalist at the Žinių Radijas radio station, and admitted being gay.

BNN summary of the week: final report on Oligarchs case and ordered attacks on e-health

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Fight; Attack; Growth; Decline; Opinion; and Study.

Economist: the most important reform has to happen in people’s heads

«Of all the clever things taught to us in school about psychology, one thing that has stuck with me over the years is the idea of internal/external control point. There are people who believe they make their own fate. There are also people who believe our fate depends on external powers. I suspect people in Latvia explain successes and failures with external factors much more than people in Switzerland or any other country that has enjoyed its freedom longer than Latvia,» comments Luminor Bank’s economist Pēteris Strautiņš.

Minister promises bigger wages for working people and support for country’s industry

«Latvian Economy Ministry’s priorities for 2018 include increasing wages for working people and providing support to the country’s industry. For Latvia’s centenary year, every resident should have the right to experience the increase of the personal and state welfare,» promises Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Latvenergo: electricity price has declined 30% in the past three years

Average electricity price in Latvia has declined in recent years. The average price of electricity has declined by 30% at Nord Pool exchange between 2014 and 2017, allowing end user costs to decline, says Latvenergo.

Alcohol sellers in Estonia to be checked by little «police»

To find shop assistants illegally selling alcohol or tobacco to minors, Estonian police introduces the method of sending minors as police aides to retail shops to try to purchase the products banned to them.

EY study: cyber security has become a priority to banks this year

Over the course of the year, priorities of banks around the world have switched from reputation and risk management to data security matters, as concluded in the latest EY Global Banking Outlook 2018.

Political association: UGF and Harmony are covering up state capture

«Parliamentary investigation of Oligarchs case has shown what is what in the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. Green farmers are in full harmony, covering up Aivars Lembergs and the fact of state capture. They and Inguna Sudraba have made the parliamentary investigation into a farce. Unfortunately, the power in those people’s hands is no farce – rather misfortune for all of Latvia. I hope citizens will take all that into account when they go voting,» says leader of Kustība Par! Daniels Pavļuts.

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel plan lacks ambition, says «Angry Birds» game maker

While Finland and Estonia work on plans of an under-sea tunnel from Tallinn to Helsinki, the construction of which could start in the 2030s, a Finnish businessman, previously involved in development of Angy Birds video game, has presented plans to finish the massive construction project in 2024 already.

Experts: healthcare financing law will deny healthcare to the least protected

In a discussion regarding healthcare, experts said that Latvian President Raimonds Vējoņis’ proposed Healthcare Financing Law is economically unjustified and ineffective. The document lacks principles of a socially responsible state, because healthcare is becoming less accessible, which will likely worsen public health indexes, says Kustība Par! political party.

Branded «aggressor state», Russia says Ukraine buries Minsk peace agreements

As the Donbas War continues, the parliament of Ukraine has passed the so-called Donbas reintegration bill after three days of debates defining territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as temporarily occupied by Russia.

Weather to remain winter-like in Latvia during the weekend and next week

On Friday and Saturday, no major increase of snow is expected. Air temperature will increase slightly, but colder masses of air will slow into the country on Sunday, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Winter storm in Netherlands and Germany turns tragic

A powerful winter storm in western and central Europe has claimed the lives of eight people.

Lithuanian bishops: skipping fasting on February 16 this year is not a sin

In an unprecedented move, the Conference of Lithuanian Bishops, the governing body of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, said that meat dishes okay for the people of faith on February 16, which marks the 100-year anniversary of Lithuania's statehood and the Lent Friday, which is traditionally a day of fasting for religious Catholic people.

Coincidence? Votes from Harmony and UGF ensure Sudraba remains the head of Oligarchs case committee

On Thursday, 18 January, the majority of Saeima members voted against the proposal to dismiss Inguna Sudraba from the post of the head of parliamentary investigative committee in charge of the review of the infamous Oligarchs case.

Kaljulaid criticised over involvement of acclaimed, but unrestrained director in centennial reception

As Estonia readies for the presidential reception to honour the 100th anniversary of Estonia, its President Kersti Kaljulaid is being criticised in an open letter for trusting Tallinn’s NO99 theatre, whose director physically assaulted a female colleague.

22.1% of Latvia’s residents subjected to risk of poverty

In 2017, 425 thousand persons or 22.1 % of Latvia population were at risk of poverty in 2016 – 0.3 percentage points less than in 2015. Equivalent income of this part of the population were below 330 euros monthly.

LAAC: Latvia’s milk market can be sorted out by joining forces in exports

Latvian Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (LAAC) has received support and praise for the public discussion regarding rapid milk procurement price changes, which is something that has recently affected the majority of agricultural cooperatives. This has helped cooperatives band together in order to sort out the milk market. This idea came from the example set by grain producer cooperatives, which did the same thing fifteen years ago, as reported by the association’s representatives.

Forevers announces its decision to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies

Forevers meat processing company has decided to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC). The contract between two parties will be terminated in January.

Saeima’s Oligarchs case investigative committee hastily approves final report

In spite of objections, grammatical errors, criticisms about lacking effort, as well as Inguna Sudraba’s unfit status to lead the committee, members decided to move the meeting from 11:00 to 08:00 and approve the final report in a rushed vote.

Removal of 1 and 2 euro cent coins from circulation suggested by Bank of Estonia

Estonian central bank is willing to follow the eurozone trend of limiting the circulation of euro 1-cent and 2-cent coins and in time to remove them entirely from circulation in the Baltic country.

Cert.lv: attacks on e-health system and LETA were likely ordered

Attacks on e-health system and LETA agency were likely ordered, said Cert.lv deputy manager Varis Teivāns in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

As Catalan parliament reconvenes, it elects pro-independence speaker

The Catalan regional parliament has in its first sitting since its ousting and snap December election elected a separatist-minded politician as its Chairman, which indicates that the attempts to break the region away from Spain would continue.

Latvia’s National Armed forces receive new Harris tactical radio equipment

In 2017, Latvia received tactical military radios worth USD 10.5 million from American Harris Corporation. Procurement of radio equipment will further improve command function and help develop a lasting communication system with other NATO member states, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

MEP: Europe continues strengthening its energy independence

«The European Parliament has voiced strong support towards Europe’s energy independence and moving its energy policy away from Russia’s monopoly by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources,» said MEP Krišjānis Kariņš after the vote on Clean Energy Act’s first reading in Strasbourg.

Would you be ready to boycott something in your life?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: