Posts tagged as non-citizens

Latvia to naturalize children of ‘non-citizens’

Friday, November 1, 2019

Latvia has begun addressing the situation regarding “non-citizens” in the country. A non-citizen is a legal status which this Baltic country introduced in the mid-1990s after becoming independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The non-citizens have mostly been Russian-speakers and their descendants, who settled in Latvia during its decades-long Soviet occupation.  

No more “non-citizens” to be born in Latvia from 2020

Monday, October 21, 2019

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, passed historic legislation October 17 that will mean that from next year, no children will be born in Latvia with “non-citizen” status. From January 1, children born in Latvia will receive either Latvian citizenship or citizenship of another country if both parents agree on that other citizenship. The default will be Latvian citizenship for all children born to Latvia-resident parents. If the child is born outside…

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

By Jill Colvin on Friday, July 12, 2019

Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census. He directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases instead. “It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. populations,” Trump declared in a Rose Garden announcement, insisting…

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports providing citizenship to children of non-citizens

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Deputies of Latvia’s Saeima have conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children, which provides for the abolishment of the practice to provide non-citizen status to children born after 1 January 2020, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. It is planned that Latvian citizenship will be provided to children if their parents do not decide on providing their children with citizenship of a different country. The…

What does the future hold for non-citizens?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 The Stream will look at challenges faced by ethnic Russian ‘non-citizens’ living in two Baltic states, amid continuing political tensions with Russia. The presidents of EU and Nato member countries Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are due to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House on April 3 , and alleged Russian meddling in Baltic political affairs will be high on the agenda. That’s as Latvia and Estonia continue to…