Interior Ministry state secretary Ilze Pētersone-Godmane said on LTV news program Panorāma that even if Latvia were to admit a minimum number of asylum-seekers migrating from North Africa, there are no grounds for alarm about a huge flood of them.
“They’re not even talking in the hundreds of thousands being divided up. These preliminary numbers being floated in a show of solidarity are in the several thousands for the entire EU.
"Clearly this won’t even begin to resolve the problem in the Mediterranean, where just this weekend another three-and-a-half thousand came in. The burden sharing is a purely symbolic gesture not a solution to the refugee problem,” she said.