Prime Minister rules out extra refugees for Latvia

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma does not think that it'd be possible for Latvia to admit extra refugees, she said after the Cabinet of Ministers extraordinary meeting on Monday, reported BNS. 

The PM said that refugee flows in the EU are not controlled and that in some EU countries the borders are practically open, without naming these countries. The PM noted that Latvian borders are being protected.

The prime minister also said that she does not see it possible for Latvia to admit additional refugees.

"The refugee flows in the EU are not controlled at all. The people in Sweden, Germany are not registered, their fingerprints are not recorded. The European Commission has much work to do. The war refugee flow should be monitored," she said.

At the same time, she noted that "refugees and terrorists should not be mixed up".

"I would not like to escalate arguments among different cultures and religions," Straujuma said.

The Latvian Prime Minister does not support closing borders between the EU members.

"I do not support closing internal borders, I do not think terrorism will decline if we close the border with Estonia and Lithuania," she said.

The Latvian government and the Latvian parliamentary committee on European affairs have supported the plan by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for dealing with the migration crisis in Europe under which Latvia would admit up to 776 asylum seekers.

The first refugees are expected to arrive in Latvia in January.

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