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Repatriate status in Latvia to be provided to more people

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen relocating to Latvia, repatriate status will be allowed to be received by a wider range of people. This is because it is planned to change the established restriction in the Repatriation Law, as provided by amendments supported by the Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on 8 June.

The current rules state that a person can become a repatriate in Latvia if said person’s parents are Latvian citizens. Many Latvians were either deported to Siberia or became refugees during WWII. Because of that, their grandchildren can no longer become repatriates. The current redaction of the law provides a two generation restriction, explains Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee Inese Laizane.

Amendments supported by the committee provide that repatriate status will be allowed to be provided to individuals with Latvian ancestors. In addition, the committee also supported adding certain clarifications related to the relocation of the person’s family. Family members will be provided with two years to relocate to Latvia and receive repatriate family member status, as reported by Saeima press-service.

The current redaction of the law states that family members have the right to travel to Latvia only with the repatriate. In reality, though, the entire family is unable to relocate due to different domestic issues, as previously mentioned by Maija Roze, Deputy Chief of Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

The legislative draft also prevents contradictions between the Repatriation Law and Immigration Law. Regulations included in the draft also state that matters of repatriation are supervised by the Immigration Law. In addition to the expansion of the range of people to be provided with repatriate status, deputies have also added justifications for refusal to provide repatriate status.

Amendments to the law will be viewed by the Saeima in the final reading. It is expected that amendments will come into force on 1 August 2016.

Ref: 102.109.109.0525


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