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Latvian government approves resettlement of 250 refugees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Monday, 6 July, Latvian government approved Interior Ministry’s submitted project on Latvia’s position in regard to the European Union’s resettlement and asylum change policy. With that, the government has approved the resettlement of 250 refugees.

As it is known, it was decided during a meeting of European leaders on 25-26 June that all EU member states are to take part in refugee resettlement measures.

Considering the objectives set by the European Council for all members states to express solidarity and become involved in measures aimed to provide security to people who need it and countries that face large inflows of refugees. It is planned that the EU resettlement programme will coordinate provision of security to 60,000 people.

«Real solidarity can only exist if all EU member states participate in the resolution of the refugee matter. With that, Latvia and other EU member states is prepared to be involved in this matter by allowing the resettlement of 250 refugees over the next two years,» – said Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis.

The minister also noted that «people need international assistance with resettlement because their lives are put at risk in their home countries. This is why they try to run away from political or other kinds of persecution.»

At the same time, Latvia believes resettlement of people from one country to another is not the only form of expressing solidarity. These measures require the backing of other actions aimed to reduce the causes of the flow of refugees, as noted by the ministry.

Latvia still believes that all actions in this matter have to be voluntary, allowing each member state to decide on their level of involvement in them.

It is currently not possible to assess the exact impact on Latvia’s budget. It is important to keep in mind additional costs for the strengthening of administrative capacity in regard to the processing of many applications over a short period of time. Expenses on language lessons could be covered from the Asylum and Migration Fund’s single payment of EUR 6,000 per person. In addition, this funding could also cover costs on asylum-seekers’ integration into society in Latvia (language lessons, education and other matters), housing and healthcare services.

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