Let Ukrainians come to Latvia, not Africans


Around 1,000 members of the National Alliance party in Latvia’s coalition government, and other right-wing groups protested in Riga on Tuesday against the country’s plans to take in refugees

The government agreed in July to take in 250 asylum seekers on a voluntary basis.

The national conservative daily Neatkarīgā sides with the demonstrators:

Latvia must say no clearly, because probably neither the EU Commission nor the government have a plan for how to integrate these people into European society. …

There are hypocrites in the Commission who talk about human rights and appeal to our sympathy.

But why are the citizens of African states being shown more sympathy than the Ukrainians?

The people of Latvia would be more willing to show sympathy and solidarity with families from Ukraine and take them in. Because these people share our Christian beliefs.

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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