Agnese Lāce


PROVIDUS senior policy analyst in the areas of migration and integration, working on several national and international research projects. 


Agnese's research interests are diaspora and return migration policies, citizenship policies, and the development and implementation of immigration and integration policies. She holds a masters degree in political science from the University of Latvia, a joint European masters in sociology with specialization in international migration and social cohesion from the Universities of Amsterdam, Deusto and Osnabrueck. Currently Agnese is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Koc University in Istanbul.


Agnese’s previous professional experience includes positions at several governmental and municipal institutions, research assistantship at the Office of OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, position of a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at Migration Research Institute at Koc University, and position of a migration and diversity expert at Society Integration Foundation. Agnese has worked as a consultant for UNHCR, and is also a researcher at the University of Latvia.


Agnese is an ambassador for a campaign entitled 'Openness is Value' promoting openness to diversity.

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The European benchmark for refugee integration: A comparative analysis of the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism in 14 EU countries 

Author:Agnese Lāce, Rasmuss Filips Geks

This report on the implementation of various areas of integration policy towards beneficiaries of international protection in Latvia is the result of an evaluation of migration and integration policies in the EU Member States implemented as part of the project “The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM)”. Read

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Guidelines on Incorporating Tolerance and Mutual Respect in Language Tuition and Social Orientation of Refugees and Migrants Presented 

Author:Agnese Lāce

On 9 April 2019 PROVIDUS organized a training on the inclusion of principles of tolerance and mutual respect inintegration support activities. This training was an opportunity to find out more about theopretical and practical aspects of non-discrimination, presented by Santa Tivaņenkova from the Ombudsman’s Office and Ēriks Treļs from State Police College. Guidelines on Incorporating Tolerance and Mutual Respect in Language Tuition and Social Orientation of Refugees and Migrants were also presented at this event. Read

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Analytical Report: Rule of Law in Social Orientation Courses for Newcomers in Latvia 

Author:Agnese Lāce, Rasmuss Filips Geks

PROVIDUS has published an analytical report examining the presence of rule of law in social orientation courses for newcomers in Latvia. The report is a part of an international research project RACCOMBAT, which explores the topic across a number of EU states. Read

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Mapping Report: Social Orientation in Latvia 

Author:Agnese Lāce, Rasmuss Filips Geks

Social orientation activities encompass courses, modules and other initiatives in which non-nationals are introduced with basic civic knowledge of the host society. In Latvia they are provided in the framework of social integration policy guidelines, and cover activities for third country nationals and beneficiaries of international protection. Read