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    Immigration problems can be solved through integration - Karins

    RIGA, April 17 (LETA) - In an address on future of Europe at the European Parliament today, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said that immigration problems can be solved through integration.

    The prime minister said that Europe is a fantastic destination for all, with a stable economy, democracy and individual rights. However, this is not the case in many other countries.

    Karins told the European Parliament about the immigration wave which Latvia encountered during the Soviet occupation, when 700,000 Russian speakers flowed into the country under an order by Moscow.

    ''We did not have a say in this matter, as all was decided by Moscow. However, after we regained our independence, we tackled this problem through integration. It is necessary to work with these people and involve them in our education system and culture. We cannot stop immigration and the desire for these people to come here, as Europe is a fantastic destination. We must integrate these people,'' Karins said.

    In regards to immigration, the prime minister also called on the strengthening of the EU's external borders. ''If we are capable of controlling our external borders, then internal borders within the EU will not be necessary,'' he said.

    • Published: 17.04.2019 13:42
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