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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

EU Urges Easing Citizenship For Latvian Russians – 15 % Non Citizens

Posted by Info on 16/02/2011

The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek has urged the Latvian authorities to simplify the naturalization exam for Russian speaking non-citizens who apply for Latvian citizenship.

In comparison with the mid 1990s the number of non-citizens in the country has reduced twofold. Nevertheless non-citizens still account for 14% of the country’s population.

Latvia has population of about 2.3 million people including 345,000 non-citizens, most of whom are mainly Russian speakers.

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