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Refugees may arrive in Latvia every three months

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe 250 refugees Latvia has agreed to resettle will not arrive all at once. The process will take two years. It is likely that they will arrive in Latvia every three months, as noted by Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis during a visit of Saeima European Affairs Committee to Mucenieki refugee centre.

When replying to protests voiced by multiple deputies on how Latvia’s position was not considered in the matter regarding the resettlement of refugees, the minister mentioned that a work group has been formed in order to prepare a model and vision for this very purpose.

«We are not obligated to provide asylum if doubts or suspicions arise. We will be able to decide on the spot,» – said the minister, explaining that the currently agreed upon number of refugees is two times smaller than the initially offered one. «We had two options – either to resettle three times the people or accept an already known number of them,»- said the minister in his reply.

He also explained that it is necessary to resettle refugees within a span of two years, and the first ones may arrive in Latvia in winter 2015.

As it is known, Latvia is expected to resettle the first of 250 refugees in autumn, as LETA was told by Kozlovskis’ advisor Daiga Holma.

During an extraordinary meeting on 6 July, Latvian government reached an agreement in regard to the refugee matter: Latvia will help resettle 250 refugees on its territory.

Criteria in accordance with which Latvia will be able to decide which refugees will be accepted and which will be declined entry will be announced in the near future. The Interior Minister told LNT that Latvia is more interested in helping families with children, not individuals.


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