Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework

Latvia

The legal and institutional framework for asylum and migration in Latvia does not contain any provisions for resettlement. Asylum and migration issues are regulated by the Asylum Law of June 30, 2009 and by the Immigration Law of October 31, 2002.

Laws

* Asylum Law (of June 30, 2009)

Abstract

The Asylum Law was published in the Official Journal nr. 100 (4086), 30.06.2009. The purpose of this Law is to ensure the rights of persons in the Republic of Latvia to receive asylum, acquire refugee or alternative status or receive temporary protection in accordance with generally accepted international principles of human rights. It does not contain any provisions on resettlement.

Files attached to this content:

Asylum Law (of June 30, 2009) in Latvian

Asylum Law (of June 30, 2009) in English (unofficial translation)

* Immigration Law (of October 31, 2002)

Abstract

The Immigration Law (last amended on May 26, 2011) regulates immigration in Latvia.

Files attached to this content:

Immigration Law (of October 31, 2002) in Latvian

Immigration Law (of October 31, 2002) in English (unofficial translation)

Latvia snapshot

Size: 65,000 km2

Population: 2.3 million

Year of EU Entry: 2004

In the Schengen Area: Yes

Protection Status Granted:  18 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: No

Resettled Refugees: 0

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from europa.eu.