Latvia > Overview
Latvia is a transit country, through which migrants mostly are going to Scandinavia. Majority of the asylum seekers come from Russia, Afghanistan and Georgia. Latvia’s recognition rate is not high (44,7 %) and country receives low number of asylum applications (in 2010 – 61, 2009 – 52, 2008 – 51, 2007 – 34). This is related to obstacles reaching the territory or asylum procedure. There is a high risk, that foreigners are forced to return or deported.
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Latvia > Asylum
There are two forms of protection: asylum status or subsidiary protection. In 2010 recognition was higher as the year before: 11,5 % applicants have granted refugee status, 29,5 % - subsidiary protection, in 2009 accordingly – 9,6 % and 11, 5 %, in 2008 – 3,9 % and 2 %.
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Latvia > Detention
Every border checkpoint on Latvia’s eastern border has detention facility, but there is one main detention centre - the Olaine Detention Camp, located 25 kilometres from Riga. This centre is in poor conditions, education and activities are limited, you can not get psychological consultations...
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