Next refugees might arrive within a month

The next refugees under the EU relocation plan could arrive to Latvia within a month, the State Secretary for the Interior Ministry Ilze Pētersone-Godmane told Latvian Radio Monday.

According to Pētersone-Godmane, the Latvian Border Guard are currently vetting the refugees, the next of which could arrive within a month.

When asked about how the public were informed about the first refugees coming to Latvia, she said that the arrival of the first six refugees was not done in secret. Rather there were time constraints, and the Latvian side was tasked to receive them upon arrival.

On February 5 the first six refugees arrived in Latvia from Syria and Eritrea. The two families consist of two adults and one young child in each case

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

However, all political parties are against the introduction of any form of compulsory quotas by the EU. 

Also on Monday, police said they were investigating an incident at an anti-migrant rally in Riga on Saturday when a female radio reporter was assaulted and verbally abused while on air. 

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