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+371 25565098 (I-V 9:00-17:00)
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+371 25723222
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+371 25719118
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+371 25719266
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+371 25719588

Information Centre for Newcomers II

The latest Information Centre for Newcomers podcast can be heard on Spotify

Ievietots: 23.08.2021

You can listen to the latest Information Centre podcast created in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency here: Spotify

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Information Centre for Newcomers podcast in collaboration with The UN Refugee Agency

Ievietots: 17.08.2021

The newest podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers is here! This time we are together with Karolis Zibas - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Integration Officer and representative for the Nordic and Baltic Countries, Evija Strupiša - member of the board of the organization "I Want to Help Refugees", Aladdin from Syria and Milad from Iran. Together this friendly bunch shares stories and experiences on integration in Northern Europe/North-eastern Europe!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The newest Information Centre for Newcomers news episode is here

Ievietots: 12.08.2021

The Information Center for Newcomers collaborate closely with both international and local organizations that develop integration policies for third-country nationals in the Nordic as well as the Baltic countries.

Recently Information Centre for Newcomers was visited by Karolis Zibas - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Integration Officer and representative for the Nordic and Baltic Countries and Evija Strupiša - member of the board of the organization "I Want to Help Refugees". In the newest episode together with aforementioned experts as well as with Aladdin from Syria and Milad from Iran we discuss integration process in Northern and Northeastern Europe.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Information Centre for Newcomers in Jelgava is working remotely

Ievietots: 03.08.2021

Until new on-site premises are found, the Information Center for Newcomers in Jelgava will work remotely! We invite you to contact the Information Center for Newcomers in Jelgava by writing to e-mail: ici.zemgale@gmail.com, calling by phone. +371 25719588

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

We present the new "I live in Latvia: here and now!" episode!

Ievietots: 30.07.2021

This time we - together with Khushi Malhotra - are getting acquainted with the most popular game in India: dynamic, slightly dangerous, physically demanding field or Indian hockey!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The sixth episode of the Information centre for newcomers news: work and challenges during the pandemic

Ievietots: 03.06.2021

In this Information Centre for Newcomers news series, the viewer is informed about ICN`s activities and challenges during the pandemic. The series examine the application of most modern technological solutions during the ICN`s daily consulting practice. Various communication channels through which the client is invited to turn to ICN specialists for assistance are identified as well.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter 

The 4th episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now" has been published. In this series we cook potato balls together with Khushi Malhotra

Ievietots: 10.05.2021

In this information centre for newcomers "I live in Latvia: here and now" episode we together with Khushi Malhotra and organization`s "Shelter "Safe House""  lawyer-consultant Gita Mirushkina learn to make potato balls (Aloo kay balls) in Indian fashion.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

We are publishing the fifth episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers news

Ievietots: 12.04.2021

Within the framework of the 5th episode of the Information centre for newcomers news we guested in the cities of Valmiera and Cēsis. In Valmiera, we met with Baiba Zalcmane, the head of the Valmiera regional Information centre for newcomers, who told us about the life of the third-country national communities in Vidzeme. We also visited the cozy cafe "Ahh-meat" of Ahmet and his latvian wife Laila, where we learned the life story of the couple. In Cēsis we met Dita Rutule - a Latvian language teacher who specializes in teaching Latvian to immigrants, as well as talked to youth specialist Iveta Jermolajeva about Georgian youth who participate in various volunteer activities in Latvia.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

4th podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers with Quad Okuns

Ievietots: 06.04.2021

We publish the 4th podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers with Quad Okuns. Quad`s homeland is Nigeria. While still living in Africa, Quad became a member of the international NGO AIESEC. The main goal of this organization: to develop leadership skills in young people around the world, as well as to focus on solving global problems. Quad is currently the President of AIESEC in Latvia. In the podcast, we discuss the Quad`s experience in Estonia and Latvia, as well as touch on the life of African communities in the Baltic States and discuss Latvia`s development potential in the context of the European Union.

Have a nice time listening to our talk!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Success story with Carolina Ruiz! Moving from Venezuela to Latvia

Ievietots: 24.03.2021

In the spring mood, we are publishing the second Success Story of the organization`s "Shelter "Safe House"" Information Center for Newcomers with a nice and charismatic Spanish language teacher from Venezuela, Carolina Ruiz!

Karolina has been living in Latvia for nine years now, and her story will seem interesting to every viewer and listener!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

3rd episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now" - quiz about Latvia and India

Ievietots: 18.03.2021

In the new "I Live in Latvia: here and now" episode, Harry and Khushi compare their knowledge of Latvian and Indian foretime, geography, history and present!

Here every viewer and listener will learn something new!

*With Russian and English subtitles

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Data on the clients of the Information Center for Newcomers as well as on the services provided during the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. has been gathered

Ievietots: 01.03.2021

During the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. 554 consultations were provided to 481 unique clients, 34 psychological consultations, 40 consultations to 40 service providers and specialists.

In the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. 19 translators / linguists from Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Tiger, Turkish, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Azerbaijani and Tajik languages were involved in the work.

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

The 4th episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers news tells us about the lives of the newcomers in Liepāja and Nīca

Ievietots: 12.02.2021

In this episode, we visited the Liepāja Regional Information Center for Newcomers and had a nice chat with its director Līga!

We also went to Nīca High School and Music School to find out how the children from Vietnam are doing there.

Enjoy watching!

*Subtitles available in Russian and English

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

"I live in Latvia: here and now" 2nd episode

Ievietots: 01.02.2021

Information Center for Newcomers second episode of the section "I live in Latvia: here and now" is now also available on the YouTube channel of the association "Shelter" Safe House```` with subtitles in Russian and English.

In this episode, together with Khushi Malhotra, we are visiting Mežaparks and talking about the similarities and differences of indian and latvian culture.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Third Podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers

Ievietots: 28.01.2021

Jashan Malhotra is an Indian who has been living in Latvia for several years. In the podcast, we talked about Latvia, India, patriotism, Sanskrit, soldiers and military service, as well as other interesting things.

 

 

*With subtitles in russian and english language

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

The third episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers is here!

Ievietots: 30.12.2020

In this episode we are visiting the Jelgava Regional ICN centre and getting acquainted with the head of the centre Iveta Dembovska!

*With Russian and English subtitles

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

Information Centre for Newcomers first Success Story

Ievietots: 09.12.2020

We are delighted to publish Information Centre for Newcomers first Success Story with Sai Shankar Reddy Bokka!

Sai Shankar is a student from India, who lives in Latvia for several years, He likes it here. Shankar is socially active, he plays music instruments, socializes and enjoys european culture!

To get to know the protagonist of the Success Story closer, watch the video!

 *Latvian and russian language subtitles are available

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

Now the second podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers on YouTube as well

Ievietots: 24.11.2020

Karolina Ruiz is a native of Venezuela who for the past 8 years have been living in Latvia. She is working with children as a teacher, as well as teaching spanish to latvians.
This is the second podcast in the Information Centre for Newcomers podcast series on integration in Latvia "We are different people, but all of us are living in Latvia".
 
*Russian and English subtitles available
 
You can hear the podcast also on the organization`s Spotify account and Soundcloud account.
 
 

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The 1th episode of the series "I live in Latvia: here and now" can be watched on the organization`s "Shelter "Safe House"" YouTube channel

Ievietots: 09.11.2020

The 1th episode of the series "I live in Latvia: here and now" can also be watched on the organization`s "Shelter "Safe House"" YouTube channel with Russian and English subtitles.
 
In the 1th episode, we talk to Khushi Malhotra about moving from India to Latvia.
 

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The second episode of the Informatin Centre for Newcomers News has been published

Ievietots: 30.09.2020

In this episode of the Information Centre for Newcomer (ICN) news viewer gets acquainted with ICN professionals who provide customers with  legal consultations , are responsible for non-formal education activities  and coordinate volunteering at the ICN. 

* English and Russian subtitles are available for this episode

 

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The address of Information Centre for Newcomers in Valmiera has been specified

Ievietots: 15.09.2020

We are happy to announce that the current address of the Information Centre for Newcomers in Valmiera is following: Purva street 12A, LV-4201. 

We will be waiting to meet you!

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The First Podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers Has Been Made Available to the Public. Subject: Integration in Latvia

Ievietots: 11.09.2020

We are happy to announce that the first episode of our podcast can now be listened to on

* Spotify

Soundcloud

Youtube

 

, and on our website in the section "Podcast".

 

The first guest of the podcast: Sai Shankar Reddy Bokka. An IT student from India, who is also the moderator of the Indian Latvian Cultural & Economic Forum and the moderator of the Facebook group "Indian Community in Latvia"!

 

* Latvian and Russian subtitles are available for the podcast on Youtube platform

Information Centre for Newcomers invites volunteers to apply!

Ievietots: 11.08.2020

 

 

  • If you would like to spend your time with representatives of various cultures from the whole wide world,
  • if you would like to be involved in the process of organizing various breathtaking events,
  • if you would like to extend your vision, become more responsible and master new skills,
  • if foreign languages are your everyday life,

then we – the Information Centre for Newcomers team – await you!

 

Don’t hesitate and e-mail us: brivpratigie@integration.lv

Let our cooperation begin!

 

       

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The first episode of the Infomation Centre for Newcomers (ICN) News is here!

Ievietots: 05.08.2020

This episode presents the mission of the Information Centre for Newcomers (ICN) in Latvia. Also spheres of support for third country nationals are introduced. By following this episode the viewer will learn about people who work at the ICN and get to know their everyday`s life specifics.

*English subtitles available

In the next two and a half years society “Shelter “Safe House”” will continue to provide support to third-country nationals in the field of integration in Latvia

Ievietots: 15.07.2020

 

In the next two and a half years society “Shelter “Safe House”” will continue to provide support to third-country nationals in the field of integration in Latvia.

Society “Shelter “Safe House”” acquired the right to provide the Service for Coordination and Information Centre for Newcomers in round 3 of the activity from 01.07.2020 to 31.12.2022 by submitting the most competitive application in the public tender launched by the Ministry of Culture.

In the next thirty months, Society “Shelter “Safe House”” will help third-country nationals who are legal immigrants to integrate into Latvian society by providing advice and support in matters such as employment and starting business, housing, migration, family rights, translation services.

Third-country nationals will be able to get answers to questions of their interest on-site and remotely in Riga and Latvian regions: Daugavpils, Valmiera, Jelgava and Liepaja.

All ICN services will be provided in Latvian, Russian and English. If necessary, the consultation will involve an interpreter of rare languages or a language specialist with language skills like Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, French, Tajik, Kurdish, Punjabi, Chinese, Turkish, Uzbek, Hindi, Spanish, Tamil, Bengali, Vietnamese, and Armenian, etc. The organization notes that ICN will also provide free psychological counselling.

ICN’s contact point in Riga:

+371 25565098 (I-V 9:00-17:00); +371 28612120 (I-V 9:00-17:00), +371 67898343 (I-V 9:00-20:00), whatsapp: +371 27300233 (24h), e-mail: konsultacijas@integration.lv, address: Lāčplēša iela 75-1B, working hours: I 9:00-18:00, II-IV 9:00-17:00, V 9:00 – 16:00

ICN’s regional contact point “Latgale” in Daugavpils:

 +371 25723222 (I 10:00-14:00, II-V 13:00-17:00), e-mail: ici.latgale@gmail.com, address: Parādes iela 11, Daugavpils, working hours: I 10:00-14:00, II-V 13:00-17:00

ICN’s regional contact point “Vidzeme” in Valmiera:

+371 25719266 (I-II 9:00-13:00, III 13:00-17:00, IV-V 9:00-13:00), 
e-mail: ici.vidzeme@gmail.com, address: Purva iela 12A, working hours: I-II 9:00-13:00, III 13:00-17:00, IV-V 9:00-13:00

ICN’s regional contact point “Zemgale” in Jelgava:

 +371 25719588 (I 9:00-13:00, II-IV 13:00-17:00, V 9:00-13:00), 
e-mail: ici.zemgale@gmail.com, address: Skolotāju iela 8, room 210, Jelgava, working hours: I 9:00-13:00, II-IV 13:00-17:00, V 9:00-13:00

ICN’s regional contact point “Kurzeme” in Liepaja:  +371 25719118 (I-II 9:00-13:00, III 13:00-17:00, IV-V 9:00-13:00), e-mail: ici.kurzeme@gmail.com, address: Klaipēdas iela 96A, Liepaja, working hours: I-II 9:00-13:00, III 13:00-17:00, IV-V 9:00-13:00

The total budget funding is 925,767.20 euros consisting of 75% funding of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for 2014 – 2020 and state budget co-funding of 25%. 277,730.16 euros of the funding are intended for the provision of translation services. Activity II of the Information Centre for Newcomers in 01.07.2020 – 31.12.2022 is provided by Society “Shelter “Safe House””.

 Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

Information was prepared by: Harijs Kadiķis, Public Relations Specialist of Society “Shelter “Safe House””; e-mail: harijs.kadikis@gmail.com, tel: 22026355

 

In the next two and a half years, the “Information Centre for Newcomers” will support the process of integration of third country nationals in Latvia, and will also launch an educational campaign

Ievietots: 13.07.2020

 

In the next thirty months, the “Information Centre for Newcomers” will continue to support the process of integration of third country nationals in Latvian society.

Also, in order to contribute to the reduction of different prejudices against representatives of other races, cultures or ethnicities, the Information Centre for Newcomers will develop a state-of-the-art and modern audio-visual educational campaign in the media environment.

It will be composed of exciting podcasts with life stories of different third-country nationals, as well as video series on integration challenges of third-country nationals in Latvia, as well as news that will acquaint the general public with professional everyday life of the Information Centre for Newcomers.

Read more in the LSM publication: https://www.lsm.lv/raksts/zinas/latvija/raudzis-vairot-izpratni-par-treso-valstu-valstspiederigajiem-latvija.a366927/


The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.