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The Support Actions for Persons under International Protection III

The 6th episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now". Together with Khushi Malhotra through the streets of Old Riga!

Ievietots: 14.09.2021

 


In the latest Information centre for newcomers  "I live in Latvia: here and now" episode, together with Khushi Malhotra, an Indian living in Latvia, we get to know the unique character of the Old Town of Riga and it’s mood that took shape over over many centuries.

In the 6th episode of  "I live in Latvia: here and now", we learn about Khushi Malhotra`s impressions of  Old Riga. We also ramble Old Riga’s narrowest street, look at the oldest stone residential buildings, as well as find out which place in our old town  to Khushi most closely resembles her favorite and native India. On this walk, we look at our old town - which has kept the atmosphere for centuries and centuries - with joy and utter excitement.

 

 

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/

Persons Under International Protection get acquainted with latvian cinema

Ievietots: 08.09.2021

In order to learn about the cinematography of the Latvian cultural canon, persons under international protection from Belarus, Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and India in cooperation with Latvian volunteers got acquainted with the building and history of our historic cinema Splendid Palace in Riga. Afterwards, on the way to Preiļi, an interesting and creative cinema quiz was played on the bus. In Preiļi, everyone visited the Museum of Dolls and the exhibition of author’s dolls depicting various movie characters. The day ended with an exciting process - the transformation into old and historical movie characters, which are also characteristic of the history of Latvian cinema.

 


Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

Persons Under International Protection Continue To Get To Know the Latvian Cultural Canon

Ievietots: 03.09.2021

On August 29, persons under international protection together with volunteers went on a longer trip to Latgale to get acquainted with folk traditions other than those included in our Latvian cultural canon. In Aglona, the hosts of the Bread Museum welcomed everyone, introducing them to the Latvian bread baking traditions in the Latgalian style.

After exploring the museum, Latvians, Iranians, Syrians, Indians, Eritreans, Iraqis, Belarusians sat at the family table, enjoying a three-course meal of Latgalian home-cooked food, concluding the lunch with a tasting of kļockas (cottage cheese patties). In Aglona, visitors also had the opportunity to get to know the Basilica of Aglona, Svētavots spring, and the King’s Hill of Christ created by Christian volunteers. Rodion from Belarus spoke about his experience in applying for asylum and starting life in Latvia.

After that, Rodion answered questions about the integration process.

 

  

  

 

Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

 

Persons Under International Protection Get To Know the Latvian Cultural Canon

Ievietots: 05.08.2021

On July 31, participants of the Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project continued to get acquainted with the Latvian cultural canon.

On Saturday, participants visited Ziemeļblāzma culture palace where they had the opportunity to climb the observation tower and see Riga from a different point of view.

Later, we went to the park’s tea house to hear Iranian man Bashir tell about his experience and life in Latvia, and to ask him questions. After that, Dita Butule, educator at the Krišjānis Barons Memorial Museum, introduced the Latvian cultural canon – Latvian folk songs, the Dainas! Afterwards, we went together to the Mangaļsala pier, which was the first time most of the participants had seen it. The weather was kind to us and everyone enjoyed Latvia’s beautiful nature where our Daugava River enters the Baltic Sea. The event ended at the seaside, where the youth team of the European Solidarity Corps Solidarity Project “Oriented On Orientalism” talked about their project, offering to participate in a Latvian conversation café, an emotional support group, and a celebration of festivities of different cultures. The young people had prepared an activity for the participants about Latvian folk songs, asking them to arrange the lines of folk songs in the correct order, giving them the opportunity to get to know the content of the songs not only in Latvian, but also translated in English.

Participants received sweet gifts for completing the task: sweets and chocolates made in Latvia.

People from Syria, Iran, China, Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Palestine, and Cameroon took part in the event.

 

 

Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

On June 16th, persons under international protection listened to kokle playing and melodious summer solstice songs

Ievietots: 21.06.2021

People from Latvia, Palestine, Turkey, Congo, Iran, Russia, and Belarus came together for this event. Rozīte Katrīna Spīča, a member of the folklore group “Rīgas danči”, creatively presented the traditions and history of the Latvian solstice, as well as the mythological meaning of the kokle, inviting those present to unite in singing Midsummer (Līgo) songs. Everyone did quite well. The audience was eager to learn about the rich Latvian cultural heritage and solstice traditions. Participants sang in Latvian and feasted on the prepared treats, Midsummer cheese and summer vegetables, to give them energy for playing summer games.

 

 

Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

A remote lecture for Persons under International Protection is being held

Ievietots: 20.05.2021

Today, within the framework of the project “The Support Actions for Persons under International Protection”, a remote lecture on residence permits is given by Alvis Šķenders, a lawyer of the association “Shelter “Safe House””.

 

 

Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

On May 4th, persons under international protection celebrated the Day of the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

Ievietots: 07.05.2021

Persons under international protection, who are currently residing in Latvia, celebrated May 4, the Day of the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, in a small group.

People from Belarus, Turkey, and Afghanistan went to the Freedom Monument and were agreeably surprised by the flower carpet, because not in all cultures do flowers play such an important role - to show respect and love for freedom - as in Latvia.

Together with volunteers, Latvians, Iranians, and Indians had the opportunity to sit down to white-clad tables to get acquainted with traditional Latvian celebration dishes. While getting to know the tradition of the White Tablecloth Celebration, all the guests also wore flag ribbons, made lanterns, and learned to sing Latvian folk songs.

 

   

 

Support Measures for Persons Under International Protection III project is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

On 31.03 the 3rd group successfully completed the Latvian language course within the project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection”

Ievietots: 16.04.2021

This group received the Latvian language course also remotely. It should be noted that it is quite challenging for a teacher and for the respective target group to organise classes in the Internet environment: it is certainly more complicated to learn a new language remotely than in a classroom.

It should be pointed out that this time remote Latvian language course helped 14 persons to learn the language. All the 14 persons received certificates of completion of the Latvian language course; they included 4 persons, who asked for international protection, but live outside CAS “Mucenieki”.

The group included target group representatives from Belarus and one customer from Tajikistan.

Looking into the future – this group is not going to stop learning Latvian and is searching for new opportunities to continue learning the language until a decision awarding international protection is received, because they are aware that they will need it, if they live in Latvia.  

 

 

The project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” is implemented with support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

Interview with a belarussian family about the integration in Latvia

Ievietots: 29.03.2021

 

Today we are publishing a brief interview with Larisa and Vadzim, two Belarusians, who requested political asylum in Latvia several years ago.

 

- When did you first arrive to Latvia?

Larisa and Vadzim: We had been visiting Latvia frequently even before the sad events in Belarus occurred, and knew the people and traditions well.

- Was it difficult to learn Latvian and integrate into Latvian environment?

Larisa: We were lucky in terms of Latvian language courses and teacher Lolita. Her temperament is very close to ours. I deeply respect all Latvians, who were able to preserve their culture and language, be proud of it and inspire other people with it, despite multiple difficulties in the history of this country.

- Do you think that Latvia and Belarus differ strongly?

Larisa: Historically, the way of Belarus is slightly similar, but unfortunately only 11.7% of Belarusian schools currently provide education in the official language and a person can get to prison for speaking Belarusian. I would like to see an institution that is similar to the Latvian Language Agency in Belarus, to ensure that all citizens respect the language as a national heritage and speak in it. To pass exams in this language, to evaluate the level of their education. Like it is in your country. I am ready to learn Latvian for the sole reason of solidarity with Latvians and in order to show respect to Latvians.

- How would you comment the current situation in Belarus?

Vadzim: Every day is like emotional seesaw for us. We wake up with hope every morning and go to bed in depression. Unfortunately, it can be claimed that low intensity civil war is under way in Belarus.

- Thank you for your straightforwardness and for this conversation.

 

The project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” is implemented with support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

Topics learned by asylum seekers, refugees and persons under subsidiary protection within the project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III”

Ievietots: 04.03.2021

 

Within the project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” specialists of Society “Shelter “Safe House”” read lectures on important topics related to integration in Latvia to asylum seekers, refugees and persons under subsidiary protection.

For example, topics of lectures of the customer consultant, lawyer and lecturer of the society Gita Miruškina are as follows:

  • Freedom of religion
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Accessibility of health services
  • Healthcare
  • Social security system
  • Social assistance
  • Respect for the rights of the child
  • Gender equality
  • Banking services

 

Informative lectures are an effective way for asylum seekers and persons under international protection persons to prepare for life in Latvia.

 

The project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” is implemented with support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

About the target group of project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection”

Ievietots: 16.02.2021

 

For the sixth year in a row, Society “Shelter “Safe House”” is implementing project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection”, demonstrating a professional, solution- and inclusion-oriented approach in this field.

Who is considered to be a person under international protection according to the law?

Beneficiary of international protection is a person to whom the refugee or alternative status has been granted.

* Refugee status is granted if the person is under threat in their country of origin due to persecution on the grounds of their beliefs, religion, race, nationality, social affiliation or political opinions.

* Alternative status is granted when the person is under threat in their home country due to war, death penalty, torture, ill-treatment.

* Refugee status is granted for an indefinite period, while alternative status – for a year.

 

Project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No.PMIF/9/2020/3/02

On 14.01.2021 a training course of Latvian is started for the third group of persons under international protection

Ievietots: 14.01.2021

 

It is planned that the duration of the training of Latvian will be 3-5 months, while the frequency of classes will be: 2-3 classes per week. Overall, it is planned that 18 groups of persons under international protection will attend the training course of Latvian within the project. Children of the persons under international protection will be looked after during the training courses of Latvian, if necessary. 

The children will be involved in plays, games and other creative activities, when learning Latvian. The coordinator will provide general information about the training of Latvian, as well as will provide answers to the questions asked by the learners during the project. The classes of Latvian will be organised in a special classroom in the Centre for Accommodation of Asylum Seekers Mucenieki, which is functionally accessible for everyone, including people with motion disorders.

The training will be led by teaching staff: teachers of Latvian experience in teaching language to immigrants. At the end of the studies, knowledge of customers will be checked and the results will be analysed.

The purpose of the course of Latvian language is to get language knowledge and skills necessary for work and everyday life, to develop main language skills: reading, speaking, writing, listening and use of grammar.

The course participants will be provided with free training materials, handouts and learning aids to promote the development of all Latvian language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in the target group of the project.

Within the scope of the course it is planned that the course will be attended by 180 persons under international protection – in groups consisting of 5 – 15 people.

 

The project “Support Activities for Persons Under International Protection III” is implemented with support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No.
PMIF/9/2020/3/02

Today, a remote lecture on residence permits for persons under international protection was held

Ievietots: 06.01.2021

 

Also in the new year, the association "Shelter" Safe House "" continues to implement the project "" The Support Actions for Persons Under International Protection". Today, a remote lecture on the nuances of residence permits was held.

 

The project "Support measures for persons under international protection III" is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02

It is planned that during the period from 01.09.2020 to 31.12.2022 180 persons will take the 120 hour Latvian language course

Ievietots: 29.12.2020

"The Latvian language is very different from the Russian language. Only a small percentage of words are slightly similar, so learning the language is quite difficult. It takes time and a thorough repetition. All in all, it is not uncommon to learn a language that seems completely new to me, a Belarusian. I have been learning English since I was 6 years old. I am 26 now, but I still have not achieved a high level of language proficiency.

Currently, I am happy that I am offered the opportunity to learn Latvian together with the cool teacher Dita. She knows how to motivate us even in those days when we can`t even focus on learning because of our various challenges due to living in a new country."

/ Rodion Begliak - Belarus /

• It is planned that during the period from 01.09.2020 to 31.12.2022 180 persons will take the 120 hour Latvian language course

• The Latvian language course is currently being taught in 2 groups: clients from Belarus, Russia, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

• Given the epidemiological situation in the country, the studies are currently provided remotely.

 

 

 

The project "Support measures for persons under international protection III" is implemented with the support of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/9/2020/3/02