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President: scaring refugees would be the worst course of action

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma agree that refugees should not be dissuaded from coming to Latvia. Instead, it is far more important to provide the most accurate information about the country as possible, including expected benefits and climate.

After her meeting with the president, Straujuma said the moment when representatives of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office arrive in Italy or Greece, people there will be informed about Latvia. However, there will be no intimidation. The Prime Minister said people will be able to choose whether or not to travel to Latvia; no one will be forced.

Vejonis explained that applications from asylum seekers will be viewed in detail. People will be informed of public benefits and the country’s climate.

The president added that intimidating refugees would be the worst possible course to take because «this is a matter of compassion, tolerance, solidarity, not intimidation.»

Meanwhile, Chairman of Saeima faction of the Union of Greens and Farmers Augusts Brigmanis urges dissuading refugees from coming to Latvia by telling them about cold winters and small benefits.

In an interview to Rīta panorama, Brigmanis made an announcement that he knows good recipes for dealing with refugees. He believes officials who visit refugee camps and interview asylum seekers should tell them about the ‘actual’ situation in Latvia.

He believes that asylum seekers should be informed about the fact that 70% of Latvia’s residents don’t want them in Latvia, that benefits in Latvia are much smaller than those in Germany and that average air temperature is lower than temperature in Italy and Germany, etc.

It should be a true story about the things refugees can expect in Latvia. Brigmanis is certain that a vast majority of Refugees will decide to go to other countries. He believes most refugees want to live in England or Germany.

«Personally, I don’t want to see them here,» – said the politician.

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