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Conference "The 5-year lessons of managing asylum in Europe: How to implement a successful integration strategy" 

Author:Providus

The National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM) is a six-years long transnational project which aims to prepare key actors in the integration field in 15 EU Member States to better face the current challenges and improve the integration outcomes of beneficiaries of international protection. Conflict situations tend to last longer, and it takes currently on average 17 years, before refugees fleeing civil wars may eventually have a chance to return to their home country. Hence, the long-term integration of newly arrived beneficiaries of international protection is without alternative and presents an immediate challenge for European societies. Read

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Learn from the positive examples! 

Author:Providus

You must move away from the idea that the only way to protect the Latvian language is to exclude the use of other languages. Learn from the positive examples and do not use restrictions like Turkey or Algeria. Read

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Monitoring the EU accession process: minority protection (2002) 

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OSI’s two-volume report Monitoring Minority Protection focuses on the situation of vulnerable minority groups in 15 European countries. The first volume of the report concentrates on the ten EU candidate States of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and assesses the policies that Governments have developed to improve the situation of the Roma minority in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and to facilitate the integration of Russian-speakers in Estonia and Latvia. This volume follows up on EUMAP’s 2001 Minority Protection Report, which examined the legislative and institutional framework for minority protection in the ten CEE candidate countries. The second volume concentrates on the five largest EU member States, examining the situation of Muslims in France, Italy and the UK, and of Roma in Germany and Spain. This volume was prepared with the intent of underlining that EU standards must be applied and monitored equally throughout the European Union, not only in candidate countries.
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Benign nationalism 

Author:Providus

There is nothing unusual about Latvia. You have this ethnic and cultural division at the heart of your country. If it were better managed – the politics of it and the societal aspects of it, it could be one of the things that make people like this country. Diversity is appealing, simplicity is boring. Read

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Human rights in Latvia 1 January 2002 – 30 June 2002 

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The Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnical Studies (LCHRES), a member organisation of the International Helsinki Human Rights Federation, has prepared its regular review on the human rights situation in Latvia in the first half of 2002.
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Social Integration Issues and the 8th Saeima 

Author:Nils Muižnieks

Compared to the previous Saeima elections, issues related to social integration and ethnopolitics have not been very prominent in this electoral campaign. This quiet on the “integration front” is a bit deceptive. Read

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Are Human Rights Becoming Consolidated? 

Author:Providus

This is a translation from Latvian of the article which originally appeared in "Diena", 28 August 2002, and is reprinted in policy.lv with permission from the publisher Read

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The potential for extremism is limited 

Author:Providus

In recent months, many governments in the EU member states have moved towards the right wing populism, not to say extremism. Part of the success story of the right wing populists is that they appear anti-establishment, breaking up the “old boys” networks and bringing in some fresh air. Read

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What can Latvia learn from the Slivenko case? 

Author:Providus

The Slivenko case at the European Court of Human Rights will show us how much Latvia will pay for the international human rights documents which it ratified without reservations in the euphoria of the 1990s. Read

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Do school standards conform to real life? 

Author:Providus

In countries with a transitional economy, students have the best grasp of facts. They do less well in terms of putting those facts to use. They do worst of all when they are faced with unexpected situations. We know about this problem, and Latvia has developed a fundamentally new standard for basic education. Read

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Three wise men will not suffice 

Author:Providus

When it comes to teaching forms and methods, we all understand that the student is supposed to be at the center of the process. That’s the theory. Practice sometimes differs. Read