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First refugees may arrive in Latvia this autumn

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first of 250 refugees may resettle in Latvia this autumn, says Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis’ advisor Daiga Holma.

During an extraordinary meeting on 6 July, the government agreed on Latvia’s position on the refugee matter, stating that the country could help resettle 250 asylum seekers in the next two years. Even though European justice and internal ministers have recently agreed on the resettlement of 54,760 refugees, Latvia’s position on the matter has not changed. This means Latvia’s voiced number of refugees will remain the same and there are no plans to increase this number, noted Holma.

In total, the previous resettlement plan offered resettling a larger number of refugees than it was planned as part of the European migration programme – 22,504 refugees. The resettlement programme in regard to Italy and Greece has established an agreement in regard to 32,256 refugees. It is planned that member states will continue discussions in regard to the remaining 7,744 refugees from Italy and Greece until the end of the year. Even though member states will have to reach an agreement in regard to the remaining 7,744 refugees from Italy and Greece, it does not interfere with the programme’s launch in 2015, said Holma.

Latvia has agreed to resettle 250 refugees from Italy and Greece in the next two years. 50 refugees will come from third countries and the rest will come from Italy and Greece.

Holma explained that the first of 250 refugees may arrive in Latvia in autumn. Europe plans to balance resettlement of refugees in member states based on each country’s capabilities.

Criteria with which Latvia will be able to decide whether or not to accept refugees will become known in the near future. Rihards Kozlovskis admitted in an interview to LNT that Latvia is more interested in resettling families with children, not individual refugees.

Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma has signed a resolution with which the State Chancellery and Interior Ministry will create a high-level inter-institutional work group. Its objective will be the development of legal and practical systems for the resettlement of 250 refugees from Italy and Greece.

The work group will develop the most appropriate system for the integration of those people into society; finding them temporary homes and jobs; providing healthcare and other important matters, as reported by the Prime Minister’s press secretary Aiva Rozenberga.

It is expected that the work group will consist of representatives from interior, culture, welfare, education, healthcare and environment ministries, with the possibility of attracting experts from other ministries.


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    You clearly couldn’t find a more adequate image for such a serious matter. LV media in full swing.

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