Awareness campaign for third-country nationals planned in Latvia

Third-country nationals in Latvia will continue to receive assistance from the association “Shelter Safe House” for the next two and a half years, according to the European Union's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, Latvian Radio reported on July 13.

In 2016, with the support of the EU Fund, “Safe House" created an Information Center for arrivals, which aims to provide support to third-country nationals living in Latvia – not only for asylum seekers, but also for third country nationals with residence permits, those who are studying in Latvia, and those who want to start a business or purchase property.

The Center will continue to help immigrants integrate into Latvia, provide legal advice, translation services and other forms of assistance.

“An interesting challenge for us at this stage will be a public awareness campaign, which includes, for example, podcasts on how third-country residents live in Latvia, how to integrate, success and failures. Then we will also try to follow a third-country person with short video stories for two and a half years, how they are living in Latvia: for example, seeking a job. It will be almost like a small reality show. We will also make short videos explaining the Information Center, our daily work, cases we encounter. We want to show that we are not mystical – we are normal people with the aim of helping others to live here in Latvia," said Gunta Vīksne, head of the “Shelter Safe Home” association.

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