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Wednesday, 08.07.2015, 03:17
Latvia's integration policies are ad hoc and project-based through the European Union, and they reach only a small part of immigrants, the think tank Providus researcher Marta Riksa told LETA when commenting the findings of the 2015 Migrant Policy Integration Index (MIPEX), reported LETA.
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In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, State Border Guard Chief Normunds Garbars said that Latvia is a popular transit country for illegal immigrants to get to other destinations in the European Union, informs LETA.
In a democratic country, it is also important to hear public opinion, like on the refugee issue, believes Ombudsman Juris Jansons, reports LETA.
According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) at the beginning of 2015, the number of population of Latvia accounted for 1 mln 986.1 thsd people, which is 15.4 thsd less than a year before. In 2014, the number of population witnessed a slower decrease (decrease of 0.77%) as compared to 2013 (1.10%).
As compared to other European Union countries, Estonian women become mothers quite early – only in three countries is the average age for having the first child smaller, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The European Commission (EC) said in its recommendations for Lithuania that in 2015-2016 it should not only ensure fiscal sustainability but also improve the performance of its healthcare system, reports LETA/ELTA.
According to the revised data of Statistics Estonia, 1,313,271 persons lived in Estonia on 1 January 2015 – 2,666 persons (0.2%) fewer than at the same time a year earlier. Negative natural increase is the main cause for population decline, while the influence of emigration has decreased significantly.