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Country Information Sheet Latvia

Ministry with overall responsibility

  • Kultūras ministrija / Ministry of Culture
    [L Latvian] / [L English]
  • Other Ministries involved

    National Level

    Regional level

    • Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija / Ministry of Environmental protection and Regional Development 
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Latvijas Pašvaldību savienība / Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments [L Multilingual]

    Policy papers or programmes

    • Guidelines on National Identity, Civil Society and Integration Policy guidelines 2012-2018 (Nacionālās identitātes, pilsoniskās sabiedrības un integrācijas politikas pamatnostādnes 2012.-2018.gadam)
      [D Multilingual]
    • Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Council Overseeing the Implementation of State Integration Policy [L Latvian]
    • Order of the Cabinet of Ministers on the Members of the Council Overseeing the Implementation of State Integration Policy [L Latvian]
    • Members of the Consultative Board of Immigrant Integration (Ministry of Culture) [L Latvian]
    • Multi-annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      [D Latvian]
    • 2013 Annual programme for the Integration of Third Country Nationals in Latvia 
    • 2012 Annual programme for the integration of third country nationals in Latvia [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • 2011 Annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      [D English]
    • 2010 Annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      [D English]
    • 2009 Annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      33706]
    • 2008 Annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      [D Latvian]
    • 2007 Annual programme for the integration of third-country nationals in Latvia
      [D Latvian]
    • Pilsoniskās sabiedrības stiprināšanas pamatnostādnes 2005.-2014.gadam / Guidelines for Strengthening Civil Society 2005 - 2014
      [D Latvian]
    • Pilsoniskās sabiedrības stiprināšanas programma 2008.-2012. gadam / The National Programme for Strengthening Civil Society 2008 – 2012
      [D Latvian]
    • Valsts programma "Čigāni (romi) Latvijā" 2007 – 2009.gadam / The National Action Plan "Roma in Latvia" 2007-2009
      [D Latvian]
    • Nacionālā programma iecietības veicināšanai 2005 – 2009 / The National Programme for the Promotion of Tolerance 2005 – 2009
      [D Latvian]
    • Programma “Lībieši Latvijā 2008. – 2012.gads” / The National programme "Livonians in Latvia 2008 -2012”
      [D Latvian]
    • Latviešu diasporas atbalsta programma 2004.-2009.gadam / The National Support programme for Latvian Diaspora 2004 – 2009
      [D Latvian]

    Key legislation

    • Imigrācijas likums / Immigration Law
      [L Latvian]
    • Patvēruma likums / Asylum Law
      [L Latvian]
    • Pilsonības likums / Citizenship Law (1994, amended 1998)
      [L Latvian]
    • Iedzīvotāju reģistra likums / Law on Population Register
      [L Latvian]
    • Vēlētāju reģistra likums / Law on Voter Register
      [L Latvian]
    • Repatriācijas likums / Repatriation Law
      [L Latvian]
    • Bezvalstnieku likums / Law on Stateless Persons
      [L Latvian]
    • Par to bijušās PSRS pilsoņu statusu, kuriem nav Latvijas vai citas valsts pilsonības / Law on the Status of those Former U.S.S.R. Citizens who do not have the Citizenship of Latvia or that of any Other State
      [L Latvian]
    • Personu apliecinošu dokumentu likums / Personal Identification Documents Law
      [D Latvian]
    • Dzīvesvietas deklarēšanas likums / Declaration of Place of Residence Law
      [L Latvian]
    • Likums „Par Eiropas Kopienas pastāvīgā iedzīvotāja statusu Latvijas Republikā” / Law on the Status of a Long-term Resident of the European Community in the Republic of Latvia
      [L Latvian]
    • Izglītības likums / Education Law including amendments that came into force on 30 March 2010
      [L Latvian]

    Funding opportunities

    • Sabiedrības integrācijas fonds / Society Integration Foundation
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Eiropas Trešo Valstu Valstspiederīgo Integrācijas Fonds / European Fund for the Integration of Third-country nationals
      [L Latvian]
    • Centrālā finanšu un līgumu aģentūra / Central Finance and Contracting Agency 
      [L Latvian] / [L English]

    Impact assessments, reports and evaluations

    Research and statistical agencies

    • Centrālā statistikas pārvalde / Central Statistical Bureau
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Tirgus un sabiedriskās domas pētījumu centrs / Marketing and Public Opinion Research Centre SKDS
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Baltijas sociālo zinātņu institūts / Baltic Institute of Social Sciences
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Latvijas Cilvēktiesību centrs / Latvian Centre of Human Rights
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Pilsonības un migrācijas lietu pārvalde / Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Sociālās alternatīvas institūts / Social Alternative Institute
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Sociālo un politisko pētījumu institūts / Advanced Social and Political Research Institute
      [L Latvian] / [L English]

    Agencies implementing integration programmes

    is (since 1 April 2011) responsible for the implementation of:

    • The European Fund for the Integration of Third-country nationals
    • The European Refugee Fund co-financed project "Integration of new members of society”

    See also:

    • Pilsonības un migrācijas lietu pārvalde / Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs
      [L Latvian] / [L English]
    • Tiesībsarga birojs / Latvian Ombudsman’s Office
      [L Latvian] / [L English]

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