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


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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The Integration Foundation at crossroads 


Why has the Society Integration Foundation begun to distribute money without experts, awarding money to people who work in the interest spheres of members of the Foundation’s council, but not to promising projects? Next year will tell us whether the Foundation will become a functioning mechanism or just a small part of foreign policy. Read

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Black cats do not appear in the bushes 


I don’t think that it’s bad to have five ministers. On the contrary. Otherwise we would risk having the Society Intergration Foundation stricken from the state’s general understanding. If there is a suspicion that a representative of a certain sector is lobbying in favor of his own direction, then he does not take part in the relevant vote. Read

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In which language shall we live? 


Bilingual education is currently being proposed only for Latvia’s minority schools, but in the near future there will also be schools where subjects are taught in Latvian and English, Latvian and French or Latvian and Swedish. The experience of other countries tells us that this is a good idea, but there has been a lack of readiness in Latvia so far to introduce it. Read

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The Russians do not give up 


We hope that the article in the education law which speaks to a move in general secondary education toward the Latvian language will be repealed. The bilingual education model which we have offered emphasizes other principles - ones which will preserve and develop the minority language. Read

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The right to understand 


Approximately 10% of people are unable to understand written text completely, and information must be translated into the specific form of literary language that is known as “Easy Language” if they are to perceive it. The government admitted three years ago that such publications are needed in Latvia, but so far only NGOs have done any work in this area. Read

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Should more money be invested in Latvia’s educational system? 


If teachers in Estonia are paid more money and if several thousand children in Latvia do not go to school, that is not due to a lack of financing. We do not have lots more or lots less money than other countries with a similar economic level. Latvia’s problem is the ineffective use of resources that are available. Read

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Educational policy in the pocket of the Ministry 

Author:Rita Kaša

Shaping policy based on consensus is a very new skill but Latvia has no choice except to learn this skill. If you want a socially consolidated nation with an effective economy, then you will have to implement significant reforms to your educational system. Read

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The court in Strasbourg has better hearing than the local courts 1


With its first issued ruling with respect to a complaint which a resident of Latvia had filed against her country the European Court of Human Rights the court in Strasbourg became closer to Latvia. The precedent of Ls 5,000 in compensation provides a good example for other people. Read

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Towards Perfection 

Author:Dita Arāja

While reading the report (Monitoring the EU Accession Process. Minority Protection), I came up with a few questions about methodology and the reflection of problems. I am not sure that it is equally important and adequate to focus on the situation of Russians in Latvia and Estonia and the situation of Roma in other member states. I do not say that now the protection of national minorities is perfect, however, the attitude of the state has changed to very big extent. Read

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Assimilate before voting? 


The division of the Latvian population between citizens and non-citizens cannot be upheld eternally, while the increasing number of ethnic Russians in Latvia’s citizenry threatens the future of the “nation state”. That is why there is a visible yearning to assimilate as many Russians as possible before they are granted suffrage. This ethnic policy must be adjusted. Read