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Migration, terrorism biggest problems Latvians see

More than half (57 percent) of people surveyed in Latvia believe that migration is the largest current problem in the EU, while 45 percent are concerned about terrorism, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.

Residents of Latvia and other EU member states are mostly concerned about migration and terrorism - 45 percent and 32 percent respectively in the EU.

Speaking about the other main problems in Latvia, the residents named health and social care system (42 percent) and unemployment (30 percent), while Europeans in general see unemployment (30 percent) and migration (26 percent) as main problems in their own countries.

As regards personal problems, Latvian residents most often named price growth and inflation (35 percent), health and social care system (35 percent).

Trust of Latvian residents in mass media, printed press, radio, social networks has risen in 2016, while trust in courts and the Latvian justice system has dropped compared to spring 2016, and trust in the army, the Latvian government and parliament has also increased.

45 percent of Latvian respondents said that they trust in the EU, while the average share in all EU member states is 36 percent.

One quarter or 26 percent of respondents in Latvia believe that the country is heading in the right direction, while more than half or 54 percent said that it is heading in the wrong direction.

Asked about values characterizing the EU, people most often named human rights (40 percent), peace (34 percent), democracy (30 percent) and personal freedom (25 percent). EU citizens most often named peace, human rights and democracy.

The Eurobarometer survey polled 1,007 Latvian citizens from the age of 15 on November 5-14, 2016.

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