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The Latvian Red Cross: Providing information on services for migrants in
As part of a large integration project implemented in 2012, the Latvian Red Cross Youth (LRCYJ) has developed 4 different brochures directed at migrants in Latvia and aimed at facilitating their access to basic services in the country.
Co-funded by the European Integration Fund and the Latvian Government, these educational materials focus on Health and Social Care Services; Education; Non-Governmental Organization activity and participation therein and Employment Rights. They are available in English and Russian and include a wide range of essential information such as the structure of the school system in Latvia, a selection of NGO contact details along with a description of the services they provide, an explanation of the specificities of the local health system and useful recommendations on applicable labour rules for migrant workers.
Photo: Latvian language class for migrants. Latvian Red Cross.
Published in June 2012, these brochures have been developed within the framework of a wider project to assist the integration of migrants from third countries. It also included Latvian language courses, leisure activities for migrant families, the setting up of day care centers, a mentoring programme between LRCY members and migrants, as well as a children holiday camp.
In order to ensure that this information is available to the highest number of people, the brochures have been circulated among different Latvian Red Cross run programmes, including their Riga night shelter and free health promotion centre. They have also been distributed to different NGOs and Governmental institutions providing assistance to migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking.
The English version of the LRCY brochures are accessible here:
- Health and Social Care Services
- Education in Latvia
- Non-Governmental Organization activity in Latvia and participation in them
- Employment Rights
For more information, please visit the Latvian Red Cross’ website.