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Majority of Latvian politicians are against refugee quotas

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe majority of representatives of parties present in the Saeima are against refugee quotas for Latvia. The only party that is not against is opposition party Harmony. Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma expresses support to the idea of voluntary acceptance of refugees.

Harmony believes acceptance of refugees in Latvia is a logical step forward with the country’s foreign policy. «After actively or quietly supporting military operations by NATO and USA in Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan, as well as Arab spring and change of power in Syria, Latvia has to take responsibility for political consequences of the chosen foreign policy,» – said in Harmony’s released announcement to the media.

According to representatives of the party, the government has to come up with an action plan in case of arrival of a large number of refugees. It should also be explained to society where refugees would be stationed and who will finance their stay in Latvia.

The National Alliance had previously expressed its strong dislike of refugee quotas. NA also called to have this meeting discussed in the coalition. Straujuma mentioned after the meeting of coalition parties that they are mostly in favour of solidarity with other EU member states. However, she added that Latvia does not support the so-called refugee quotas.

Straujuma emphasizes that Latvia supports voluntary involvement of EU member states in accepting refugees. In order for a country to be able to accept these people adequately and provide then with everything they need, it is necessary to respect member states’ capacity and integration opportunities, said the Prime Minister’s press-secretary Aiva Rozenberga.

Chairman of the Saeima faction of the Union of Greens and Farmers Augusts Brigmanis said the party does not support EC’s proposed refugee quota initiative because «we have enough of our own problems and refugees are a problem». He added that refugees have a different mentality and religious belief. With that, this brings about problems like formation of separate communities and no desire to integrate in the country’s society. «God forbid we end up accepting terrorists as well – anything is possible. Let’s not temp fate,» – said Brigmanis.

Latvian Regional Alliance also believes the gentle forcing of the North African refugee problem on all EU countries is unfair. At the same time, LRA believes Latvia should express solidarity with Ukraine, which is nearby and engulfed in an armed conflict.

Leader of To Latvia from the Heart Inguna Sudraba notes that acceptance of refugees from other EU countries in not the case when «Latvia should be the first to respond and express solidarity». She said that more than 60,000 residents in Latvia live on the verge of poverty, and their income does not exceed half of what refugees receive as support. The average pension amount is slightly larger than refugee support, said the politician.

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