More than 100 people naturalize as new Latvian citizens in April

Latvia's cabinet on April 30 approved citizenship for more than 100 new candidates who have undergone the naturalization procedure.

In total 112 new citizens will be entitled to Latvian passports, making it something of a boom month as in total during 2019 so far, 241 people have claimed citizenship.

Of the new citizens, 66% are classed as having a Russian background, 11% are Belarusian, 8% Ukrainian, with various other ethnic origins including Poles and Lithuanians also being represented. Four of the 112 are minors who naturalize by right along with their parents.

In order to obtain citizenship, candidates need to meet several requirements concerning residency plus a basic knowledge of Latvian language, history and culture.

Since 1995, a total of 146,601 people have successfully undergone the process, with around a thousand people per year joining the ranks of the Latvian nation in recent years. You can find out more about the naturalization process at the website of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP). 

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