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.
- Vesti Segodnya reports about a conference Institute of Citizenship in Baltic Countries
- Naturalisation Board reduces its staff and closes a number of branches in order to save state funds
- Latvijas Avize reports on public discussions of the draft project of integration guidelines for 2009-2013 held in the biggest Latvian cities
Vesti Segodnya reports about a conference Institute of Citizenship in Baltic Countries held by the Naturalisation Board in co-operation with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities at a conference represented by Brendan Moran, the Director of the office of High Commissioner. Officials from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Norway and Finland took part in the conference. The participants shared their experience and informed each other about naturalisation terms, requirements for applicants, structure of examination and dynamics of naturalisation figures. Mr. Moran in an interview with the newspaper stated that number of non-citizens in Latvia is disproportionate to its population, therefore, it is recommended for Latvian government to do something to improve the situation because it is not normal for any state in the world.
Telegraf reports that the Naturalisation Board (NB) reduces its staff and closes a number of branches in order to save state funds. However, according to a representative of the NB, the Ministry of Justice might assign a new function to the NB, but the final decision is not taken yet.
Latvijas Avize reports on public discussions of the draft project of integration guidelines for 2009-2013 held in the biggest Latvian cities. According to the newspaper, all the discussions were poorly attended and neither experts nor representatives of working group have considerable objections for the documents content. It is planned that the document will be submitted to the government for revision by 15 December 2008.