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PM: Latvia is the only country that opposes resettlement of additional refugees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUParties of the ruling coalition will reach an agreement on resettlement of additional refugees in Latvia sooner or later, said Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.

When asked if she could defend a negative position in the refugee matter in Brussels or even resign, Straujuma told journalists: «No, I would not defend a position that would lead to Latvia’s isolation.» – the Prime minister added, however, that no meetings of EU leaders are planned for the discussion of this matter in the near future.

At the same time, she emphasized that partners will continue working on this matter. She will also inform EC President Jean-Claude Juncker of concerns that were voiced during today’s Latvian coalition meeting. The government works to bring coalition partners’ positions closer to a compromise. Straujuma expressed hope that the coalition will come to an agreement sooner or later.

Straujuma added that Latvia is currently the only country that has not agreed to Juncker’s proposal about refugees. «There are two countries that wish to expand the voluntary principle,» – added Straujuma.

Straujuma predicts EU ministers will not be able to make their decision on the refugee matter on Monday. It is likely the final decision may come on 8 October, if there is no attempt to block it. «Latvia will carry out this decision whatever it may be,» – said Straujuma.

Leader of Saeima faction of Union of Greens and Farmers Augusts Brigmanis says his party opposes resettlement of additional refugees. He emphasized that «we are prepared to work with EU» and «be reliable partners for the EU». However, he added that Latvia’s security is top priority for the party.

«Everyone should understand clearly that the next refugees, that are already knocking on the door, will be divided up,» – said Bergmanis. He added there are currently no answers to all questions.

Edvins Snore of the National Alliance says his party does not support Juncker’s proposal regarding resettlement of additional refugees in EU member states. NA believes Latvia should be provided with a special status and be allowed not to resettle any refugees, considering the country’s migration history.


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  1. excuse me says:

    Let’s not forget, that Latvia is a country where 38% have arrived at the time of resettlement programme done by USSR. In the capital,this will grow to about 70% what one can call migrants, most of whom have not bothered to even try to interact with local culture or language. Also, for example, child support is €11 a month. Poor refugees are receiving €2 s a day for food expenses, and find it hard to cope with, unlike pensioners, who get the same amount after 40 years of work, and have to pay rent and bills from that amount as well. It’s simple – Germany as a nation will adopt 100 000 coming in, but not Latvia, but that’s allright, because soon there will be an option to make small reservation enclaves for this nation, where tourists and locals will come to have a look at the few , buy a knitted mitten as a souvenir, and support some sort of endangered language projects and fell good about it.

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  2. An Opportunity says:

    Could this be an opportunity to accept people in need, teach them the Latvian language and welcome them into the culture?

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