Latvian government agrees diaspora 'work plan'

On January 23, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a Plan for Work with the Diaspora for 2024–2026 . which aims to "move ahead with a common approach to the diaspora policy, defining the priority areas, objectives and deliverables of the policy implemented by Latvia’s public authorities," according to an official release. 

The plan contains a set of measures, their descriptions and information on the required public funding for their implementation from 2024 to 2026. This is already the second cross-sectoral policy planning document devised to achieve diaspora policy objectives set out in the Diaspora Law.

The main lines of action set out in the plan cover diaspora policy initiatives related to strengthening national identity and the sense of belonging to Latvia in culture, education, economy and science, civic and political participation.

A separate task is to develop Latvia’s cooperation with researchers among the diaspora, which would promote knowledge transfer and international cooperation to enhance the excellence of Latvian science and stimulate a broader sharing of science infrastructure.

According to the government support for remigration "is of particular importance".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as the competent authority for implementation of the plan in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Welfare, the National Electronic Mass Media Council, the Public Integration Fund, the State Chancellery, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

The Diaspora Advisory Council at its meeting of 29 September 2023 supported the Plan for Work with the Diaspora for 2024-2026 at the conceptual level.


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