Latvia passes law expelling Russophones who do not speak Latvian

The controversy is settled Latvia with the entry into force of the obligation for Russian-speaking citizens to pass a Latvian language test or face possible, but unlikely, repatriation to Latvia Russiaeither “deportation“, as his opponents call it.

As the September 1 deadline approaches, Latvian authorities are faced with difficult decisions about what to do with several thousand Russian citizens who have failed or even failed the language test required to extend their residency permits.

The possible but unlikely repatriation (or deportation, as critics are calling it) this fall of up to 6,000 Russians, including many elderly, has met legal challenges, protests and possible opposition from their families, some of whom are Latvian citizens.

Furthermore, as social scientist Ojars Skudra from the University of Latvia recently told local media, no one knows how many permanent residents live in Latvia or simply own real estate where they reside for business or pleasure.

In 2010, L.Ethonia launched a program that was later shortened, providing large investors in real estate or local businesses with residency permits in the Baltics. The program was primarily used by Russian citizens wishing to settle in a European Union (EU) member state.

Nationalist politicians and social media commentators reject any concession to Russians who fail the language test, saying Russian speakers, including permanent residents of Russia, have had more than 30 years to learn the state language, since Latvia in 1991 regained its independence.

The National Alliance (AN), a member of the current outgoing coalitionHe has consistently spoken out against selling permits to the Russians.

According to official data from the Latvian National Educational Center (VISC), only 49% of the 4,995 Russian citizens who took language tests last spring passed the test; The rest can apply for a second chance, Liene Berzina, spokeswoman for VISC, told Efe.

Elizabete Krivcova, a lawyer who has represented the interests of the Russian-speaking population on various matters, told Efe that a constitutional case against the new guidelines was based on the fact that the new rules, in addition to equal treatment, violated dependency on previous laws the law.

“Settled or long-term immigrants have the right to protection of their privacy in the country of residence. They met the requirements for permanent residency and cannot be deported due to a change in the country’s immigration policy“, said.

He also strongly doubts that Latvia can repatriate large numbers of Russian citizens at once. “The mass withdrawal of residence permits without an individual examination is considered mass deportation, which is strictly forbidden in Europe.”

Some Russian passport holders were only granted Russian citizenship to avoid visa requirements for visiting relatives or doing business in Russia.

Latvia’s interim government, which met on August 22 after Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins resigned, said it would urge parliament or Saeima to change the immigration law. Russian citizens who have not passed the national language test before September 1 have the opportunity to apply for a two-year temporary residence permitduring which the exam must be postponed.

Nationalist politicians and social media commentators were quick to brand the proposal as unacceptable and a concession to the interests of a hostile country’s citizens.

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