More than a thousand Russians to be deported from Latvia: what happened and who will go home
More than a thousand Russian citizens face deportation from Latvia. The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs has estimated that 1,167 Russians have failed to comply with the requirements of the amendments to the Immigration Law and have not applied for a residence permit.
According to LETA, 46 people decided to act preventively and left on their own. The process of expelling Russians from the country will be difficult, but necessary, according to Latvian officials.
First, the Russians had to pass a national language test and apply for a two-year residence permit in Latvia by December 31, 2023.
All those who have not done so will have to explain why they are not leaving the country. These explanations will be considered in February. If Russians do not leave Latvia within a month of their own free will, they will face forced deportation.
There are only a few good reasons not to learn Latvian: serious health problems or other reasons beyond the person's control.
The process of deportation of Russians who have not applied for a residence permit will be very difficult, according to the Saeima Citizenship, Migration and Society Committee. They do not hope that citizens of the terrorist country will voluntarily comply with the laws of Latvia.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA wrote that an offender who overstayed his visa by 20 months was detained in Thailand on the island of Samui, a fairly popular Asian country among Russian tourists. It was a 41-year-old Russian man.