Integration monitor is a daily Latvian press digest on ethnic minority and society integration issues. The Monitor reviews the biggest Latvian dailies: Diena, Latvijas Avize, Neatkariga (in Latvian language), Vesti Segodnya (in Russian language). In specific cases other information sources are used. Latvian Centre for Human Rights is not responsible for information published by the media.
- Newspapers report about a study on actual aspects of society integration and citizenship conducted for the Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration
- Vilis Vitols (Latvian entrepreneur who lived for many decades in Venezuela): Latvia must stop funding Russian language schools
According to a study on actual aspects of society integration and citizenship conducted for the Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration, 60% of Latvian residents are Latvian patriots, while 21% of residents do not consider themselves as patriots. 56% of residents would defend Latvia if there is a threat for its independence. Majority of Latvian citizens feel close ties with the country, while only half of non-citizens feel such ties. The study reveals differences in traditions of celebration of various occasions between citizens and non-citizens and ethnic minorities and ethnic Latvia. Thus, 63 of non-citizens and only 4% of citizens celebrate the Victory Day on 9 May. The Victory Day is celebrated by 54% of ethnic Russians and by 41% of other ethnic minorities and only by 5 % of ethnic Latvians. Latvijas Avize, Chas
Latvijas Avize prints an interview with Vilis Vitols (Latvian entrepreneur who lived for many decades in Venezuela). Mr. Vitols states that Latvia must stop funding Russian language schools because thus all young people will learn Latvian language and full society integration will be completed during two generations.