The Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in a meeting with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors discussed the policies related to national minorities and integration of society.
The High Commissioner expressed appreciation for Latvia's progress made in this field, and the positive impact of amendments to the Citizenship Law, in particular. The amendments envisage, amongst other things, automatic granting of citizenship to the children of stateless persons and non-citizens. The Minister and the High Commissioner concurred that more active outreach is needed to provide information on the opportunities for non-citizens to naturalise.
During her visit in Latvia, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, has meetings at the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, the Saeima (Parliament), the Ombudsman’s Office, and with representatives from non-governmental organisations. The visit also includes a trip to Daugavpils.
Astrid Thors has been the OSCE’s High Commissioner on National Minorities since August 2013. The visit to Latvia by the previous OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Wollebaek, took place in 2011.