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Ten to thirty refugees will be arriving in Latvia every month

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe first asylum seekers from Greece might not arrive in Latvia next week. Instead, their arrival may take place no sooner than the second week of February, as reported by deputy director of Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Maira Roze.

In her interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, Roze said the refugee resettlement process in Latvia has begun. However, it is too soon to discuss any results. Roze emphasized that refugees to be resettled in Latvia are selected based on very strict criteria. On top of that, it is unknown whether the person approved for resettlement in Latvia will even agree to travel to the country.

In-depth interviews with selected refugees will be carried out once they arrive in Latvia, explained Roze. «We would like to see refugees in Latvia with high chances of receiving some status in the country,» – she reminded.

According to her, colleagues from Lithuania have not had a very good first experience with asylum seekers from Greece. This is because the neighbouring country tried to immediately give those people some official status, which, unfortunately, did not satisfy those refugees. Some turned to the court and some decided to remain in the airport.

Roze added that Latvia is not responsible for transporting selected refugees. At the same time Latvia hopes those refugees who know where they are going will safely arrive in Latvia.

OCMA representative did not deny that asylum seekers coming from Greece may experience problems with learning Latvian language. «Success when learning a language largely depends on the person’s overall level of education and the person’s interest in learning the language,» – said Roze.

She added that from now one 10 – 30 refugees will be arriving in Latvia from Greece every month.

Last week, Latvian State Border Guard representatives travelled to Greece to begin refugee selection process. Latvia intends to resettle 531 refugees from Italy and Greece this year.


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  1. Tomas says:

    Why should Latvia select which immigrants to accept, what a big joke? Should “bad refugees” be send to other EU countries?

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