Latvia admits six more refugees under EU scheme

The Latvian migration authority has decided to grant asylum to six more persons admitted under the EU-wide relocation program.

Also, four Syrian families - 15 people altogether - were relocated from Greece to Latvia under the program on Monday. These asylum seekers already are at the asylum center in Mucenieki. The relocated people include seven children, LETA was told at the Office of Citizenship and Migration.

The adult members of the Syrian families include a cook, a factory employee, a music teacher and a municipal employee. In their applications the relocated persons have named Arabic, Northern Kurdish and Russian as their languages of communication.

It was reported at the beginning of December that 63 relocated people had already been granted asylum in Latvia. According to the latest information from the Office of Citizenship and Migration, Latvia has so far admitted 169 people under the EU relocation program.

69 so far have been legally recognized as refugees or in need of protection.

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