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More refugees to arrive in Latvia within the month

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian border control officials continue working in Greece and Italy, selecting refugees to be resettled in Latvia. However, none of the talks held up to this point can be considered in their final stage. With that, it is currently not possible to tell when refugees might arrive in Latvia, said Latvian Interior Ministry’s state secretary Ilze Petersone-Godmane in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

According to her, the next group of refugee might arrive in Latvia within the month.

Although one day prior to the arrival of the first refugees in Latvia Petersone-Godmane claimed there had been no clarity to the resettlement process, she denied the possibility of everything being carried out in secret. «I don’t think it happened in secret, because we had informed residents about it shortly after the refugees’ arrival,» – said the official.

When asked if Latvians can expect a moment when Latvia may experience a large influx of refugees, the official said no large groups are planned. The maximum number of people that are expected to arrive at the same time range from 10 to 20 and even that is an unlikely possibility.

Evaluation of people relocated to Latvia for the issue of refugee status will last up to three months. It is possible that this process may be carried out faster. Authorities promise not to make the process too long, as Latvia is obligated to follow a strict schedule. Latvia is expected to resettle more than 500 people in two years.

According to Petersone-Godmane, refugees are well-informed of living conditions in Latvia. However, the question as to why refugees chose to resettle in Latvia is not asked by authorities. If these people are truly running away from the horrors of war, where they are going is not really all that important to them, said Petersone-Godmane.

Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis told 900 seconds programme of LNT that there are currently no other people willing to resettle in Latvia. Work on finding people continues. There is a plan in place, but it is not possible to say for certain if authorities have a list of asylum seekers ready to be relocated to Latvia.

The minister explained that state border guard and security institutions will be the first to work with asylum seekers before the decision about their resettlement in Latvia can be made. After thorough interviews, information will be passed on to Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office, which will then decide on providing those people with refugee status.

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