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Latvia – a Country by the Baltic Sea!

Asylum seekers learn about life in Latvia

Ievietots: 27.02.2024

This week two groups of assylym seekers have graduated a course learning about life in Latvia. In the span of just over three weeks the participants attended eight lessons. The training took place both in the Asylum Seekers Accommodation Center in Mucenieki and in Riga, in the Association "Shelter "Safe House"".

Training covered ample amount of relevant topics: immigration policy, job opportunities, health care, education, traditions and culture. Both groups also visited the Latvian National History Museum to get a first glimpse of Latvian cultural heritage.

Alvis Šķenders, a lawyer at the "Shelter “Safe House””, says about these groups: "The participants showed genuine interest in the topics discussed in the lectures. They were particularly interested in the apartment rental market in Latvia and job opportunities".

The classes were conducted by specialists of the "Shelter "Safe House"" as well as different experts of relevant fields of health care, emplyment ect. Among them should be mentioned the lawyers of the Latvian Human Rights Center Edgars Oļševskis and Liliana Garkalne, the expert of the State Employment Agency Juris Liepiņš, the head of the National Health Service Customer Service Center Lāsma Matjuka, as well as social workers Anita Feldmane and Iluta Samsonova.

On February 26, 28 asylum seekers received certificates for completion of the training course.

The project "Latvia - a country by the Baltic Sea!" is implemented with the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2021-2027. year period support, grant agreement no. PMIF/13.3./2023/1/04. The total financing of the project is 302,765.06 euros, which consists of 227,073.79 euros from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and 75,691.27 euros from the Latvian state budget.

We are launching the project "Latvia – a Country by the Baltic Sea!"

Ievietots: 01.11.2023

On November 1, 2023, the association "Shelter "Safe House"" initiates the project "Latvia – a Country by the Baltic Sea!", which will be implemented until August 31, 2026.

The goal of the project is to promote the active involvement of third-country citizens in Latvian society through knowledge. To achieve this, we will organize and provide introductory courses on life in Latvia, encompassing both theoretical and practical knowledge acquisition. Working with immigrants is one of the two main directions of the association`s activities, and we have accumulated significant experience, which we are eager to apply to assist those in need of an understanding of life in Latvia.

The classes will take place in several locations, including the association`s premises in Riga, PMC "Mucenieki," and Liepna in the Aluksne region. We invite representatives of two target groups to participate: 1) third-country citizens who have obtained the right to reside in Latvian territory; 2) individuals in need of international protection (refugees, individuals with alternative status, and asylum seekers).

To reinforce the knowledge already gained on various topics during the courses, visits to various state and municipal institutions will be organized. For example, we will visit municipal social services, the State Employment Agency, the Ombudsman`s Office, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, the Society Integration Foundation etc.. The purpose of these visits is to provide practical knowledge about the opportunities to receive various forms of support.

After the completion of each study group, a closing event is planned with the issuance of certificates.

At the conclusion of the project, we will invite media representatives to a special event where we will share the experience gained during the project. Information about the project events will be communicated on our website www.patverums-dm.lv and on social networks.

The project "Latvia – a Country by the Baltic Sea!" is being implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund for the period 2021–2027, under grant agreement no. PMIF/13.3./2023/1/04. The total project funding is €302,765.06, comprising €227,073.79 from the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund and €75,691.27 from the Latvian state budget.