II. PEOPLE OF LATVIA Our common goal is a healthy, well-educated, secure and cohesive society. A strong national identity and a sense of belonging to the country, the Latvian language and culture guarantee the security and existence of Latvia as a national state. (..) Education (..) 125.We will improve the education quality criteria at all … Continue reading "Declaration of the Intended Activities of the Kariņš Cabinet (excerpts), 2019"
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS I Common topics (..) 4. Integration (..) “Non-citizens” (..) 56. Since ECRI’s last report, the number of “non-citizens” has further declined (326 735 persons in 2011, who then made up 14.6% of the population).63 This is partially due to demographic factors and mortality, as around 40% of “non-citizens” are 60 years or … Continue reading "ECRI 5th report on Latvia (excerpts on language), 2018"
(..) If in 1989 only 23 % of persons belonging to national minorities were able to communicate in Latvian, comparatively in 2014 more than 94 % of persons belonging to national minorities are communicating in Latvian. This was confirmed by the results of a survey, entitled “Sense of Belonging to Latvia” and carried out by … Continue reading "Press release “Latvian Language Learning Programme” (excerpt), 2018"
I. MAIN FINDINGS (..) Language policy (..) 21. Significant efforts and resources have been allocated to provide Latvian language classes for persons seeking to improve their language skills. As a result more than 90% of respondents whose first language is Russian know Latvian, with almost half of the respondents rating their knowledge of Latvian as … Continue reading "FCNM Advisory Committee 3rd opinion on Latvia (excerpts on language learning), 2018"
Article 1(2) of the Convention. Discrimination on the basis of national extraction. For a number of years the Committee has been expressing its concern over the discriminatory impact that the language requirements of the Law on State Language 1999 might have on the employment or occupational opportunities of minority groups, including the large Russian-speaking minority. … Continue reading "CEACR Observation on Latvia under ILO Convention No. 111 (excerpt), 2017"