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Nearly one-third of employers would hire refugees in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU28.2% of businessmen in Latvia are prepared to hire refugees. 23.1% of them say refugees could have a positive impact on Latvia’s economy and labour market. Nevertheless, the most problematic aspect of this is the language obstacle, as mentioned in a recent survey carried out by Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry.

LCCI carried out a survey among businessmen. First of all, LCCI wanted to find out what Latvia’s position on the refugee matter should be. 57.6% of entrepreneurs noted that the situation is risky and that Latvia should resettle as fewer refugees as possible. 27.5% of respondents said the number of refugees should be proportional with other countries. 14.9% of respondents believe a large number of refugees is not a risk, but rather an opportunity that should be used.

«It is clear that the refugee matter in Europe is becoming more and more topical. We will have to face it one day. Businessmen have to think if they are ready to employ war refugees. They also have to consider different requirements that will no doubt surface,» – says LCCI Chairman Janis Endzins.

LCCI also asked businessmen how they expect the refugee flow will affect Latvia’s economy and labour market. 61.2% of respondents are sceptical that refugees may create additional expenses for the country. 23.1% of respondents viewed the situation as positive. They said refugees present a potential source of labour. 15.7% of respondents said refugees cannot possible affect the established situation in Latvia.

When asked if businessmen are prepared to hire refugees, 28.2% said yes and 71.8% said no. «Although there are two camps on this matter in public space – one is against refugee resettlement and the other sides with Europe – businessmen are the only people who look at this matter seriously. The lack of labour is the obstacle that prevents normal economic development. Migrants can help fill this gap,» – said Endzins. «The fact that one-third of businessmen have expressed readiness to hire refugees is a powerful signal that problems on the labour market continue growing, which is only added to by emigration, birth and death rates.»

LCCI calls for a timely solution to problems that relate to the language obstacle. If a refugee knows English, this problem can be resolved. However, if the only language refugees know is Syrian, it is unlikely Latvia will have enough translators to provide sufficient support. With that, LCCI asks the government to think more about Latvian language courses to help refugees better integrate in Latvia.

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