Non-ethnic Latvians no longer allowed to change their nationality record to "Latvian"

  • 2016-09-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff
RIGA - Saeima on Thursday decided in the final reading to eliminate a provision from the Law on the Change of a Given Name, Surname and Nationality Record, which stipulated that citizens who are not ethnic Latvians may change their nationality record to "Latvian." The controversial provision stipulates that individuals who are not ethnic Latvians, yet have resided in Latvia for at least fifteen years, speak the state language, feel that they belong to Latvian culture, and want to declare their belonging to the Latvian nation may change their nationality record t...
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