PM: Refugees with 'similar mentality' preferred

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By the end of the winter, the "refugees will be here", but until then Latvia and neighboring Estonia and Lithuania will try achieving that people with a closer mentality to ours arrive here, said Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) in an interview to Latvian Radio program Krustpunkts (Crossing point) on Thursday.

According to Straujuma, Latvia has enough time to prepare for accepting 250 refugees as they will be arriving next year in late winter.

Latvia's strategy in choosing the refugees could be similar to that of Estonia, Lithuania and Finland, said Straujuma, hinting that plans are ongoing for a joint policy of accepting refugees in the Baltics and Finland. 

She also said that Christians and educated people, who could be more useful to society, would be preferred, as would people with families. 

The goal of the joint policy is to accept people with a mentality that's more similar to those who reside in the Baltics.

"Accepting such people would be more understandable to the Latvian society," said Straujuma. She added that there are plans [for state officials] to visit Italy for discussions with Italian officials. 

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