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Last year, 138 persons under international protection took part in the integration course and 68 persons learned Latvian

Ievietots: 27.01.2020

Since 2 January 2018, the Society “Shelter “Safe House”” has been implementing the project “Support Measures for Persons under International Protection II” in order to facilitate the integration of the persons under international protection. The project includes an integration course, as well as a Latvian language learning course. The content of both activities is adjusted for individuals who have recently arrived to resettle in Latvia.

During the 12 months of the last year, ten groups — 138 persons — have attended the integration course about Latvia, of which 118 received certificates confirming that they took the course. In total, the course was attended by persons under international protection from 25 countries — Egypt, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Cuba, Russia, USA, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Georgia, Bangladesh, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Moldova, Ukraine, Syria, Mongolia, Nigeria, Iran, Tajikistan, Cameroon, Belarus and India.

Uzbek, Vietnamese, Spanish, Arabic, Dari, Tamil, Turkish, Sorani, Mongolian, Georgian, Kurdish language interpreters or language experts provided by the Information Centre for Newcomers were engaged last year for providing high quality communication with the participants of the training groups.

Integration courses provide an opportunity to their participants to acquire knowledge about Latvia, its state system, history, culture and traditions, practical information about Latvia, information about integration into the society, non-discrimination principles, communication, religious and cultural differences, housing market, employment options, education system and opportunities to obtain education. Participants can also learn about spending their leisure time, the health care system, social security network and social assistance system in Latvia. To enable families with children to participate in the course, babysitting is organised during the course.

Under the project – along with the integration training course – Latvian language courses took place. The goal was to provide persons under international protection with knowledge and skills of Latvian necessary for work and everyday life, as well as to develop main language acquiring skills. The courses was available in Riga and in CAS Mucenieki (for the persons accommodated there).

In total, from January to December 2019, 68 persons (four groups in total) attended the Latvian language course, of which 48 received a certificate of course completion. 

From 2 January 2018 until 30 June 2020 support under the Support Actions for Persons under International Protection II project will be provided to 500 persons, among them adults, children, and illiterate asylum seekers.

The Support Actions for Persons under International Protection II project is implemented with the support from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/9/2017/2/01/

Information was prepared by: Rasa Salina (Rasa Saliņa), Multimedia Communications Specialist, phone 29145314, e-mail: rasa.salina@patverums-dm.lv