Policy analyst for PROVIDUS in the field of migration and integration, currently working on several international research projects with an aim to improve integration of asylum seekers and combat discrimination targeted at newcomers in Latvia. Rasmuss also has experience in economics and policy making – he is a graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and has worked in research as an expert at the Competition Council of Latvia.
Additionally Rasmuss is working towards improving debating culture in Latvia as a board member at „Quo tu domā”, where he leads workshops on argumentation and critical thinking, as well as participates in the implementation of various education projects.
The European Union has a democracy problem. The polycrisis that has plagued the EU for years has led to a cacophony of voices calling for fundamental change to the integration project. Yet despite the shock of the Brexit referendum and the electoral upsets caused by nativist parties across the continent, few of the plans for EU reform include concrete proposals to address the perennial democratic deficit. Read
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
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