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Citizenship Law in Latvia

The citizenship law in the Baltic country could often lead to confusion for outsiders who try to understand the country’s context.

It is completely necessary to look at Latvia’s history, even if it’s briefly. We have to go back to the 1940s. Following the German occupation (1941-1944), Latvia was then annexed into the Soviet Union. The occupation lasted until 1991 – when Latvia regained its fully independence. The polls showed and overwhelming feeling to acquire the longed dream. Continue reading

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First steps of this ‘baby’

 

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I set up this blog a month ago with a clear target in mind; give voice and words to all issue surrounding my next professional project, a twenty minute documentary on non-citizens in Latvia 20 years after the USSR collapsed.

During this period of time I got to introduce the problem to everyone, keep on reading on the subject and sort out different production issues such as interviews and plane tickets. For instance, I will be flying up to Riga (from London) on June 10th. My return ticket has July 4th printed on. So it will be almost four weeks on the ground to film throughout the country, get my interviews done and get deeper knowledge on the subject.

I want to find out more about non-citizens’ life in the Baltic country, as well as trying to analyse the reasons why there still are around 350 000 people (14.5 % of Latvia’s population) without a passport that identifies them as so, limiting their rights in some ways.

I know June is still far, but there is a lot to be done yet for my project. From this blog I will try to keep you all updated on my adventures, general information to bear in mind and topics on the subject that make the headlines.

However, the most important thing is that Social Integration in Latvia has already taken its first steps alongside over 300 visitors that have got a showed their interest in it during this time. Big thanks to all them and I hope you all enjoy the process that will shape this project. Don’t hesitate to post your comments and ideas!!

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The Riga Castle housing the home of the Latvian President

 

Twenty years ago, the USSR collapsed. This opened up a new world not only within international frameworks but within the bloc of Eastern countries in Europe. Among them Latvia.

The Baltic country regained its full independence in August 1991, opening the doors to a new era. However, the legacy of the USSR was and is vast. One of the most important was former Soviet citizen who both Russia and Latvia denied their national passport. It was a crack on the wall Latvian society was building up. Continue reading

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