Red Cross: Refugees can't find work in Latvia

People who've been legally recognized as refugees are having trouble finding jobs in Latvia, according to Latvian Red Cross head Uldis Līkops.

Mentors from the Red Cross have worked with more than 130 refugees up until now, helping them find a place to work.

While it is not particularly difficult to find a place of residence for people who leave the asylum seekers' center at Mucenieki, it is much harder to find them a place to work, according to the Red Cross.

"We've looked at vacancies both in Rīga and near Rīga and elsewhere, but we cannot say that it has resulted in employment contracts [being concluded]. I'm referring to the people we've worked with in the last few months," said Līkops, appearing on Latvian Television Wednesday.

Like everyone else, refugees want to work in their area of expertise. And the language barrier poses another obstacle.

"The Employment Law prohibits hiring a person who has not passed a state language exam," said Līkops.

Latvia has currently admitted 53 asylum seekers under the EU relocation scheme, with the country committed to admit a total of 531 people within two years.

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