Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Background and U.S.-Baltic Relations (excerpts), 2020

[..] Potential Hybrid Threats In recent years, tensions between Russia and the Baltic states have been exacerbated by [..] and a Russian propaganda offensive directed at Russian speakers in the Baltic states. [..] Disinformation Campaigns and Ethnic Russians in Baltic States The presence of a large ethnic Russian population in the Baltic states is a … Continue reading "Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Background and U.S.-Baltic Relations (excerpts), 2020"

CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019

B. Positive aspects 3. The Committee welcomes the State party’s initiatives to revise its legislation in areas of relevance to the Convention, including the: (a) Adoption of Citizenship Law that simplifies the naturalization procedures, in particular for children under 15, in 2013; [..] (j) Law adopted by Parliament on the “Discontinuation of the Non-Citizen’sStatus for … Continue reading "CAT Concluding observations on Latvia (excerpts), 2019"

UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 2019

UNHCR welcomes the fact that Latvia’s Parliament has adopted legislative changes that will entitle children born after 1 January 2020 to parents who are considered “non-citizens” under the law to automatic Latvian citizenship at birth. Access to nationality, in particular for children, is a fundamental human right recognized in international legal instruments, including the Universal … Continue reading "UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”, 2019"

Commissioner’s statement on citizenship legislation for children, 2019

“I welcome the Latvian Parliament taking a decisive step toward eliminating child statelessness with the adoption of a law to grant automatic citizenship to children of “non-citizens” as of 1st January 2020, unless the parents opt for another nationality. This measure represents significant progress toward implementing the right of each child to a nationality at … Continue reading "Commissioner’s statement on citizenship legislation for children, 2019"

Report on linguistic integration of adult migrants (quotes), 2019

Executive summary [..] Citizenship requirements vary from no requirements to B2. [..] Chapter 1 Analysis of the survey data 1.1. LANGUAGE AND KNOWLEDGE OF SOCIETY REQUIREMENTS [..] 1.1.4. Citizenship The most common context in which Council of Europe member states set formal language and/or KoS [knowledge of society] requirements is the citizenship policy. Thirty-three of … Continue reading "Report on linguistic integration of adult migrants (quotes), 2019"