The main activities of the project “Integration ABC – 2017” were integration courses, which were attended by 397 foreigners living in Latvia in the various Latvian cities. The courses attended immigrants from Belarus, the Russian Federation, Armenia, China, the USA, Hong Kong, Egypt, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Turkey, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Albania, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Canada, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Mexico, Israel, Nigeria, Morocco, Georgia, Syria, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tunisia. The interest in the courses was high, the courses attended more foreigners than originally it was foreseen in the project.
The participants of the integration courses studied the fundamental values of Latvia`s history and the country`s political system, gained knowledge of the social, educational and health services system and accessibility in Latvia, became acquainted with the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunity to work in salaried employment or build their own business and became acquainted with Latvian culture and traditions.
Three measures promoting the intercultural communication took place when introducing immigrants to Latvia`s culture, traditions and values. There participated 233 immigrants and 234 residents of Latvia. Last autumn, on Intercultural Day, the participants found out about the activities of the National Library of Latvia. In spring, on Easter, the participants had the opportunity to participate in the Tradition Day at the Ethnographic Open – Air Museum of Latvia, finding out the Latvian annual traditions, Easter rituals, ancient crafts and cultural and historical heritage. At the beginning of the summer, in the event Let’s Meet at Ziedondarzs Park! the immigrants were able to meet with different non-governmental organisations, representatives of public authorities and employers. The events took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, encouraging the interest and understanding of foreigners in Latvia and Latvians.
The project Integration ABC – 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.
Society’s Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman