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Baltic Institute of Social Sciences (2017), Situation analysis of third country nationals in Latvia (Trešo valstu pilsoņu situācijas izpēte Latvijā)

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Latvia, Baltic Institute of Social Sciences

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

Migrants People with migrant background

Key findings

The aim of the report was to evaluate the situation of third country nationals and their integration in Latvia. According to the report concerning unequal treatment, third country nationals who are visibly different from Latvian nationals (nationals of Asian and other countries) experience discrimination more often than nationals and foreigners who are not visibly different (nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus). 20% of third country nationals experienced unfair or offensive attitudes while residing in Latvia. 24% of respondents faced discriminatory attitude due to their nationality. 15% of third country nationals have experienced discriminatory attitude because of their ethnicity or religion. Persons with refugee and subsidiary protection status (nationals of Middle East, African, Asian countries) face discrimination in housing.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

quantitative and qualitative research: document analyses, statistical data analyses, quantitative survey (questionnaire), in-depth interviews

Sample details and representativeness

503 non-EU nationals residing in Latvia who filled in questionnaire. 25 in-depth interviews with 26 non-EU nationals and five interviews with seven persons with refugee or subsidiary protection status. 10 interviews with representatives of NGOs and municipal councils.

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