Ministry of Education and Culture: Several colleges in Latvia use education as a cover to pave the way for immigrants to the EU

Ministry of Education and Culture: Several colleges in Latvia use education as a cover to pave the way for immigrants to the EU
Ministry of Education and Culture: Several colleges in Latvia use education as a cover to pave the way for immigrants to the EU
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The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) invites the Saeima’s Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission to establish a working group or conduct consultations with the Ministry, the Directorate of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, the State Border Guard and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in order to improve the Immigration Law and prevent the risks of illegal migration, using education as a cover.

Ministry of Education and Culture supports the attraction of foreign students to study in Latvia, which contributes to the development of the higher education sector and international prestige.

However, the Ministry of the Interior, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Interior, has identified problems in the practice of several educational institutions. The Ministry points out that several colleges, mostly founded by private and legal entities, attract students from third countries not with the aim of studying in Latvia, but actually as a way to immigrate to the European Union, and in such cases neither studies nor other studies actually take place in Latvia.

The Ministry believes that the mentioned practice threatens the image of the country, as well as the prestige of Latvian higher education. Likewise, the detection of fictitious study cases makes it difficult and significantly prolongs the recognition of previously obtained education documents and the processing of immigration documents for those who really want to study in Latvia and meet the university admission criteria.

In the opinion of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the current regulation in the Immigration Law is too broad and makes possible a situation in which colleges established by private founders attract students from third countries to further education programs that are not licensed in Latvia and where the learning process takes place to a minimum extent or does not take place at all.

In the view of the Ministry, this regulation should be improved in consultation with the above-mentioned institutions, possibly by giving the Cabinet of Ministers a delegation to define the regulation more clearly and in more detail regarding the attraction of students from third countries in educational institutions. According to the information available to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Interior, the aforementioned immigration risks are not so pronounced in the operation of state universities and colleges.

It has already been reported that recently there has been regular fraud in requesting temporary residence permits (TUAs), inviting foreigners to study in primary and secondary schools in Latvia, but not actually completing the education.

Due to the mentioned reason, the Ministry of the Interior (IeM) and the Minister of the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis (JV) have submitted a proposal for amendments to the Immigration Law, in order to prevent the unjustified use of the legal provision used in the scheme.

IeM explains that a growing trend has been observed for various adult further education centers accredited in Latvia to create curricula and invite third-country nationals to Latvia as if to study educational programs. In most cases, the duration of educational programs is one or two years, but the average study time per day does not exceed even one hour, according to the ministry.

The purpose of the entry of foreigners invited by such educational institutions is often related to going to other European Union member states without even starting their studies, IeM representatives note.

Citizens of third countries are invited together with their family members, ensuring their entry creates an administrative burden for Latvian representations abroad, the Directorate of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, and the Center for Academic Education, when recognizing the educational documents of these persons, states the Ministry of Education and Culture and emphasizes that the acquisition of education is not ensured .

IeM proposes to specify in the relevant norm that TUA can be requested for the duration of studies, if the stay in Latvia is related to the acquisition of education in an accredited educational institution at the stage of compulsory primary education or secondary education, the acquisition of education starting before reaching the age of 18.


The article is in Latvian

Tags: Ministry Education Culture colleges Latvia education cover pave immigrants

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