Opposition party asks questions about settling refugees

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Saeima's opposition party Latvian Regional Alliance (LRA) has called for an extraordinary session to be held about accepting refugees from Africa and other regions. The session will be held on July 9 at 10 AM, as information on the Saeima's agenda seems to indicate.

The call was supported by 45 MPs both from the opposition - by the Latvia From The Heart party, Harmony and the Latvian Regional Alliance - and from the coalition, where it was supported by the National Alliance.

The session will request the Cabinet of Ministers to work out a plan about accepting refugees to Latvia, about housing and integrating them into the Latvian society. The plan should account for the costs and the funding for integrating and housing the refugees in a period of three years. 

It will also be requested that an extraordinary session should be held by July 14th, in which the Prime Minister should present a report about the refugee matter.

"Up until now no one from the government has explained to us how these people would be evaluated, thinking about the threat of Islamic extremists, and where and for what money will they be provided with housing and fed," said Dainis Liepiņš, the leader of the LRA fraction.

The Regional Alliance had previously denounced the imposition of mandatory refugee quotes for EU states, and it would seem that voluntary quotas are no good as well.

The government had announced plans for accepting 250 refugees within the course of two years. 

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