Doing research for the documentary I have come across interesting publications on Latvia’s social integration and  Latvia and European security. We could fill a whole shelf with useful books an articles regarding the current situation of the Baltic country, its past and essential information on citizenship, education and social policies. Here we will be sharing some of them.

How Integrated is Latvian Society. An Audit of Achievements, Failures and Challenges

complete publication with graphs and stats on non-citizens and its current situation in the country. It also provides a balanced analysis of the time when the country fought for its independence, remaining the fact that Russians supported it, and the following years, focusing on citizenship, language and education policies. It’s been edited by the former Integration Minister Nils Muižnieks.

Rethinking security

This is a collection of works on wider questions of Latvian and European security, edited by local academic Žaneta Ozoliņa. It highlights the worrying state of the military budget (back to levels of a decade ago) and the state’s feeble information security. Contributions to the book are offered by three generations of political scientists, all of them associated with the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia.

Integration policy in Latvia: theory and practice

From Brigita Zepa, chair-person of the Baltic Institute Social Science, we can read a full analysis of social concepts such as nation state, national minorities, civic and ethnic nationalism applied to the Baltic country. The first part of this article is focused on social integration theory, for later on go through Latvia and its case. It also emphasizes the particularities of Latvia and its society.

Citizens of a Non-Existent state

Critical approach to the situation non-citizens face in Latvia, focusing on the Latvian Republic’s failures over the years. It vows for granting citizenship to this group of people as well as recognizing them as first class citizens. Tatjana Ždanoka MEP for Latvia, who is banned in the country due to her links to the Communist Party in the past, contributes to this publication.

Alternative report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Latvia

On 26 May 2005 the Saeima passed the law On the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This shadow report published by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights focuses on practical aspects of the implementation of the rights enshrined in the Convention.

The Last Prisoners of the Cold War

Behind all the legal and historical words that we have been writing about up to this moment, there are lots of stories of human beings affected by all that. A good compilation of experiences, memories and statement is ‘The Last Prisoners of the Cold War‘.  Miroslavs Mitrofanovs , Aleksandrs Gamaļejevs , Viktors JolkinsVladimirs BuzajevsAleksejs Dimitrovsand Tatjana Ždanoka (you will read more about her in following posts) have contributed to this moving publication.


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