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Costs of refugee resettlement plan cut by half a million euros in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 3 November, Latvian government plans to approve Interior Ministry’s refugee resettlement plan. The plan spans two years and is expected to cost EUR 14.9 million, with EUR 8.4 million coming from the national budget, according to the documents of the plan.

Previously, total costs of the project were estimated at EUR 15,453,442. Now the costs have been cut by EUR 459,415. With that, the total required funding for 2016-2017 is EUR 14,994,027. Funding to be allocated from the European Union is planned at EUR 6,525,506 and the state is expected to provide EUR 8,468,521.

The Interior Ministry will require the lion’s share of this money – EUR 9,845,621. Most of this money – EUR 7,002,912 – will be used to provide accommodation in Mucenieki refugee centre, its internal reconstruction to fit the needs of many people, attraction of additional resources and construction of two new wings.

Education and Science Ministry will require EUR 1,363,643 in order to provide Latvian language courses and coordinate the education process for minors among refugees in the first three months.

Welfare Ministry will require EUR 2,449,300 in order to provide social care workers and individual consultants. Money will also be used to help with employment (provision of unemployed/job seeker status, development of an individual employment plan, career consultations, and work with potential employers, state language education, etc.).

Justice Ministry will require EUR 101,908. The ministry plans to use this money to finance Legal Assistance Administration’s function to secure state-guaranteed appeal processes and translation services.

Culture Ministry is planned to be provided with EUR 855,414 in order to secure translator services, informative lectures about Latvia and its traditions, coordination of social initiatives and activities to involve refugees in social life, coordination and involvement of NGOs.

Healthcare Ministry will be provided with EUR 290,996. This money will be used to secure healthcare services, childbirth, dental assistance and vaccination.

Economy Ministry will receive the least amount of funding – EUR 10,000. This money will be spent on supply of information to refugees regarding housing offers and assessment of mortgage loan repayment models.

In accordance with the decision of European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council, Latvia will have to resettle an additional number of 281 refugees in order to share the load with Italy and Greece. In total, Latvia will have to resettle 531 refugees in the next two years.


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