Latvia admits first refugees from Italy

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On Monday Latvia admitted two Eritrean refugees in what were the first arrivals from Italy, the Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office told the press Tuesday.

The two refugees are at the Mucenieki asylum seekers' center. 

One of them had been engaged in agriculture in Eritrea, while the other has recently finished high school.

Latvia has agreed to take in a total of 531 refugees from Italy and Greece within two years, with the possibility that number could rise to a maximum of 776 if agreement can be reached with other EU member states.

The first two families arrived early February, while another four arrived in April.

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