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- Society Consolidation Committee listened to immigrants who are considered as successful integration examples
The Saeima’s Society Consolidation Committee invited to its session three immigrants living in Latvia who are considered as the successful examples of integration in Latvian society. One of the invited guests, an American George Steele resides in Latvia for 18 years and got married to a Latvian. Mr Steele is proficient in Latvian language and learned it on his own initiative. According to Mr Steele he has no problems to live in Latvia, however, he made also some critical remarks towards the MPs criticizing the government for lack of funding for Latvian language courses for foreigners and for Latvianisation of foreign names in official identification documents. The other immigrant – Matias Kroll from Germany stressed that he learned Latvian language during two months. Mr Krolls consciously refused to learn and speak Russian in Latvia. Vesti Segodnya