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Hitting the end of the road

Non-citizen passport

Few months after I made up my mind and decided to work on the non-citizenship subject for my first tv news documentary, and also after dozens of interviews and posts in this blog, I can say that the job is done.

The final piece is finished, though I am now gathering some important – for me – reviews before handing it in.

I am chuffed as nuts to see that all the hard work has finally paid off. Intense months where people around me had to bear with my ups and downs due to the stressing process of such a big project.

Of course there are always bits in the final output that I – and whoever knows about these things would agree with me –
would change. I keep thinking… “Should I move some clips around or change anything? Do I need more footage?” and so on.

I am an extremely perfectionist person, so I know this little bugger will always be whispering such thing into my ears. No matter where I am or what I do.

In the next couple of weeks I will be posting up some more bits of each interviewee, so you can get a broader glimpse of all what they say.  At the same time, the final documentary will be available to watch online any time soon – probably at the beginning of September.

Finally, I want to say that while writing this post, I noticed that this site has reached the 2,000 visitors since it was created back in February. Honestly, thank you so much. I never expected to have that many views. However, that also means that people have been getting engaged with the project as it was growing month by month. Thank you so much again for your patience and dedication to read and watch all what I’ve been sharing with you!

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The singularity of Latvia’s case

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was the first to speak out about the failure of multiculturalism. British PM David Cameron followed. Now even French Premier Nicolas Sarkozy has joined them. They have put the subject back on the global agenda.

Multiculturalism and social integration were one of the flags of Western countries in the latter decades of the 20th century. However, what everyone called a brilliant achievement may have turned into a grim reality for these countries.

On the one hand, Latvia is facing the same problem as other countries do; social integration in a multicultural society. But on the other hand, we have to bear in mind that Latvia’s situation differs from that in other European countries. Latvia has a large minority group which is not a national minority. Immigrant groups tend to be proportionally smaller in comparison to the overall population:

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