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Amending Latvian non-citizen status not discussed in Saeima due to no quorum

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The bill to end granting Latvian non-citizen status to children has not been viewed in the Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee as it had no quorum.

Out of the nine MPs working in the committee only five were present in its sitting on Tuesday, June 11. Committee member, MP Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla (New Conservative Party) left the commission’s room prior to when the issue was planned for reviewing.

Seima MP Jānis Dombrava from the national-conservative National Alliance told reporters that he was satisfied with the development and that «this issue could be postponed for up to a year, if you please».

The bill submitted by Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis sets forth ending granting the non-citizen status to children of Latvian non-citizens to be born in the country starting from January 1, 2020.

Small number of children

The annotation of the legislative draft submitted by Latvia’ President Raimonds Vējonis mentions that this will apply to a small number of children, because according to data from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, there were 47 children registered as non-citizens in Latvia in 2016, 51 children in 2017 and 33 children in 2018.

In April, 2019, Saeima MPs conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children.

«The objective of the legislative draft is making 31 December 2019 the last time when non-citizens will be born in Latvia. Even now parents are permitted to pick citizenship for their children. However, parents vary, and children are not to blame if their parents have a different opinion about our country. I believe automatic provision of citizenship for such a small number of children is no threat to Latvia’s existence or patriotism,» Human Rights Committee’s chairman Artuss Kaimiņš commented at the time.

For the legislative draft to come to force, the Saeima needs to approve it in three readings.


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  1. Justs says:

    If you give birthright citizenship like the USA you will wake up in your country to find it full of “Latvian citizens” from Syria and Africa. Today you think it’s about ethnic Russians, but it won’t be tomorrow.

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