Refugees should get €2 per day, public says

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Refugees arriving in Latvia under a European Union redistribution plan should receive around 2 euros per day with which to support themselves, a new poll suggests.

The size of the monthly benefit Latvia will be paying to refugees that will soon arrive from other EU member states should be 64 euros, or equivalent to the social security benefit, most of Latvia's economically active residents believe.

A survey carried out by TNS pollster for Latvia's LNT commercial TV channel reveals that 78 percent of Latvians, aged 18 to 55, back the proposal to pay each refugee 64 euros a month, with 51 percent of respondents fully supporting the proposal and 27 percent tending to support it.

Meanwhile, 16 percent of respondents in the poll did not back the idea to make the refugees' benefit equal to the social security benefit, with 8 percent completely rejecting the proposal and 8 percent tending to reject it - though whether that was because the amount was too much or too little was not revealed.

Six percent of the surveyed people did not give a definite opinion about the issue.

The online poll was conducted from September 29 to October 1, interviewing 850 residents of Latvia.

Currently, the benefit refugees receive in Latvia during the first 12 months after getting the status is 256 euros a month, plus money for Latvian language courses.

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