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Latvian Red Cross to provide refugee mentors for half a million euros

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the next one and a half years, social mentoring services to asylum seekers and persons with refugee or alternate status will be provided by Latvian Red Cross, as confirmed by Social Integration Fund’s representatives.

SIF has already signed a contract with Latvian Red Cross. The fund explains that the Procurement Monitoring Bureau found the complaint from the previous service provider – Asylum Safe House association – as unjustified. With that, SIF has been permitted to sign a contract with Latvian Red Cross.

According to information from SIF website, the initial price of the procurement was set at EUR 666,000 (no VAT).

From 1 June onward Latvian Red Cross is entrusted with taking over activities from the last service provider and continue ensuring socio-economic integration of refugees and people with alternate status, providing them with support and educating them about life in Latvia.

According to current estimates, social worker and social mentor services will have to be provided to 75 people – 51 asylum seekers in Mucenieki Asylum Seeker Centre and 24 people living outside Mucenieki.

Services were being provided by two associations in the two previous years – Latvian Red Cross and Asylum Safe House. The contract with the latter was terminated. Until a new service provider is found, however, the association will continue providing its services. This is done to ensure continuous support to asylum seekers.

A new procurement for mentoring services was announced on 21 March. Only one offer was received within the stated term – from the Latvian Red Cross. The procurement committee could not make its decision at the time because Asylum Safe House submitted a complaint.

A decision by the Procurement Monitoring Bureau was received on 16 May. In it, the bureau concluded that the complaint from Asylum Safe House is unjustified. With that, SIF was permitted to sign a new contract.

Social worker and social mentoring services to refugees and asylum seekers are provided by SIF as part of European Social Fund’s Diversity Promotion project. Funding is provided from European Social Fund and the state budget.

As of mid-March, Latvia has met 70% of its requirement for resettlement of refugees. Latvia has successfully resettled a total of 531 refugees from Greece (295), Italy (186) and Turkey (50).


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