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 School: A Perfect Place for Brainwashing? 

Author:Marija Golubeva

If our schools functioned as little democracies empowering the individuals who study there and giving them a sense of equality and security there would be no need for spoon-feeding students with dogma. Read

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Is There any Good Argument Against Homosexuality? 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Issuing a moral statement - X is bad, Y is good - does not provide any justification, especially in open and diverse societies. We need more. Read


The Effect of Fears of Immigrants on The Decision Making in Latvia: a Boost or an Obstacle to Development? 

Author:Dace Akule

Emigration and immigration in Latvia; Latvia’s migration policy; integration of migrants.


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Multiculturalism: There Is No Alternative 

Author:Rita Ruduša

One has to be careful about laws that are not dictated by a sober assessment of the facts on the ground, but by fear. Read

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Ambassador of Ijtihad 

Author:Krista Baumane

The real problem is not Islam itself, it is Muslims. Islam gives us the opportunity and the permission to change, it is we, Muslims, who have to develop the courage to do so.


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In loco parentis 4

Author:Mark Case

Mums, skolotājiem, jāpatur prātā, ka mums uzticētie bērni ir jo īpaši dārgi, jo tie nav mūsu, un viņu vecākiem ir tiesības sagaidīt, ka darīsim visu iespējamo, lai šie bērni būtu drošībā. Read

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Listening to the Stranger 

Author:Rita Ruduša

A universal belief is that any sort of victimization of a human being based on their sexual orientation is wrong and unjust. Read

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Historia magistra vitae 2

Author:Marija Golubeva

An interview with Marie-Christine Skuncke, an author of several leading studies on political communication and political culture during the Enlightenment, by Marija Golubeva, Providus researcher Read

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Article 8 vs. Article 10  


It all burns down to proportionality -- if the sacrifice of one value has been disproportionate then we rule in favor of the sacrificed value. Read

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Politically induced slowdown 


Politicians responsible for promoting tolerance are a part of a team. However, a wise politician should be able to find a balance between party pressure and his direct responsibilities. Read