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Information Centre for Newcomers II

Family friendship workshop

Ievietots: 28.09.2022

The Information Center for Newcomers invites families of different cultures to spend this Saturday, October 1, together with their children. In the creative workshops, the big ones will literally cook soap!, while the little ones will be able to have fun and be creative.

At the event, everyone will have the opportunity to acquire new skills, create ecological soap under the guidance of a teacher and get to know each other over a delicious cup of tea and sweets, form new friendships and just have a good Saturday!

Start: at 13.00

Place: Lāčplēša street 75 – 1B

Additional information: coordinator of non-formal education activities, Ramona Liepiņa - mob. 28356548

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/

"I live in Latvia: here and now" 11th episode. Khushi and astronomy

Ievietots: 21.09.2022

Khushi, an Indian girl living in Latvia, dreams of becoming an astronomer one day. She would like to work for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA).

What should be done to realize this dream? To find out, let`s go to the Museum of the University of Latvia and climb the Astronomical Tower! Our guide is astronomer and Museum expert Ilgonis Vilks.

In this interesting journey, we learn not only about Khushi`s future profession. We also find out how many steps lead from the basement of the University of Latvia to the highest point. Let`s find out also which animal the telescope resembles. Also, why study old stars and what it can tell us about the future.

Thank you to the Museum of the University of Latvia and personally to Ilgonis Vilks for the cooperation in making the video.

Come with us on an astronomical adventure!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/

In the 13th series of the Information Centre for Newcomers - translation and interpreters!

Ievietots: 08.09.2022

In this news episode we learned about a very demanded service – translation.

Linda Liepkalne, our interpreter coordinator, tells more: whom we translate, what we translate, how many interpreters Society “Shelter “Safe House”” has, what languages they use in their work.

Marina Lapejeva from LMI Translations tells about written translation.

In the third part of the episode we also meet three interpreters. Ahmet translates from Kurdish, Aija – from Spanish, Suleiman – from Arabic.

If you know a newcomer from a third (non-European Union) country, who might need a translator’s/interpreter’s help, please, share this episode.

Enjoy the episode!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/



"I live in Latvia: here and now". Khushi volunteers and celebrates Midsummer

Ievietots: 21.07.2022

Khushi is not only a Latvian schoolgirl (we found out in episode 9), but also a Latvian volunteer!

In this episode, we will see how Khushi helps to make the Midsummer celebrations happen. We will find out what other jobs the volunteers do, and that volunteering is a tradition in the Khushi family.

Together with Khushi, we will not only prepare for Midsummer, but also enjoy the festive atmosphere in the middle of Riga, in Lastadija.

Thank you to the creative youth association "Trepes" for their cooperation in this series!

Enjoy the show!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/

In the video news series - newcomers from Ukraine in Valmiera!

Ievietots: 18.07.2022

In the 12th episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers, we go to Valmiera.

Here, newcomers from Ukraine have made their home. Oksana is the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Association of Small Towns and the Deputy Mayor of the town with the wonderful name "Ukrainka". Polina is a sociologist. Now both ladies work for the Valmiera municipality.

We meet Marina, Aleksandra and Maria. Aleksandra surprises us the most. She is 75, but she also wants to find a job! In the busy Valmiera, the newcomers are also active people, they search - and they find! – their jobs and it helps both materially and morally when you have to live far away from your homeland.

At the end of the story, we meet Baiba Zalcmani, the head of the Information Centre for Newcomers` regional  office "Vidzeme". We find out what gives her the most satisfaction in her work and what is the most pressing issue for newcomers at the moment.

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/

World Refugee Day at the Information Centre for Newcomers

Ievietots: 21.06.2022

    

World Refugee Day was celebrated on 20 June at the Information Centre for Newcomers.  On this day, we especially appreciated that we are safe here in Latvia, that we come together in the courtyard of the "Safe House" in sunny, warm weather to listen to music and participate in creative activities.

Musician and composer Lauris Valters delighted us with his compositions in different languages and Latvian folk songs. Latvian song, like the land of Latvia, united concert-goers from nine countries: India, China, Syria, Belarus, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Congo and Iran. They included refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived here, as well as newcomers who have already settled and integrated in Latvia.

After the concert, everyone, including the singer, took part in creative activities. A representative of each culture was invited to paint the flag of their country on a canvas.  A knowledge game about non-EU countries was also played. Visitors found this very interesting as it was an opportunity to learn more about each other and to have interesting conversations and discussions.

The Refugee Day event was planned to last two hours, but the friendly, stimulating atmosphere attracted the participants so much that friendly conversations over a cup of coffee and tasty snacks took place in the sunny courtyard for a long time afterwards.

Anna Audere, UNHCR Representative in Latvia, also attended the event. Ramona Liepiņa and Ilze Norvaiša, coordinators of informal activities at the Information Centre for Newcomers, organised and hosted the event. They were assisted by volunteers from the Information Centre.

The Information Centre for Newcomers supports refugees on a daily basis. But it is important to celebrate World Refugee Day - for newcomers to feel that they are full and accepted members of society, for independent citizens to realise that safety and acceptance are what we can give to those who seek refuge with us.

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Open Day in Jelgava

Ievietots: 06.06.2022

On 3 June, the Information Centre for Newcomers invited to an Open Day at the Jelgava City Library. The event was attended by newcomers from Ukraine - both adults and children - and everyone was taken care of.

Iveta Dembovska, Head of the Contact Point "Zemgale", presented the work of the Information Centre for newcomers. She is also the one who knows best the possibilities of assistance in Jelgava. Iveta had also prepared a delicious treat.

Santa Daņiļčenko, educational psychologist of the "Teenagers Resource Centre", told about the possibilities of psychological support for teenagers and their parents.

The visitors asked questions about life in Latvia, available support and Latvian legislation to Gita Mirushkina, a lawyer at the Information Centre for Newcomers,.

At the end of the event, all the participants took part in an interesting game. This game took place in the framework of a non-formal education activity. Using special cards, the players talked about themselves and listened to the person sitting opposite them. The dialogue brought people together and created a warm, cosy atmosphere.

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

"I live in Latvia: here and now" 9th episode. Khushi in school!

Ievietots: 23.05.2022

Khushi, the Indian girl we`ve met in the previous episodes, is also a Latvian student! She studies at the Riga State Gymnasium No. 3.

In this episode, we get to know the school, Khushi`s classmates, the teacher who teaches social studies, and we meet the school principal. We learn that Gymnasium No. 3 is a school that regularly helps students from other countries integrate in the local society, as well as Latvian students whose mother tongue is not Latvian.

And at the end, we find out what is the motto that helps Khushi go through life and school even when things don’t go her way! 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01/

In the latest ICN news series – Liepaja and Ukraine!

Ievietots: 26.04.2022

Looking at the latest news series for the Information Center for Newcomers, you will see how the first immigrants from Ukraine gathered in Liepaja some time ago. More than 100 people, both adults and children, attended the Open Day.

This is hot working hours for Līga Krēsliņa, the head of the regional contact point “Kurzeme”. But her everyday responsibilities are not just a bunch of urgent work – it is providing help to real people seeking asylum in Latvia.

Already after recording this video, the head of the contact point received the following feedback:

“Hello, Līga! I want to express my gratitude to you for the necessary and useful information, for your help and support, to us - people who find themselves far from their native land - Ukraine, torn from their usual life by the war.

Your work is important and necessary – people are people when they help each other.

Thanks to the social center for migrants in Liepaja, thanks to all the employees who professionally and promptly perform their duties.

Peace and Goodness to you and your families!

Sincerely, Victoria”

Let`s watch a video, get to know Līga and her clients a bit, get to know the Information Center for Newcomers in its daily work!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Open Day has been a success

Ievietots: 28.03.2022

Riga Information Centre for Newcomers (a project implemented by the society “Shelter “Safe House””) has successfully held the Open Day on March 23!

In the morning, a lecture “Investments and Financing” took place in the premises of “Safe House” at 75 Lāčplēša Street (in cooperation with the project “Migrant Talent Garden”). Those immigrants who have their own business or are thinking about starting a business had come to listen to lecturer Reinis Budriķis. Discussions on various business-related issues continued even after the lecturer had left. An immigrant can be (and is!) an active person who integrates into Latvian society through his or her economic activity.

Further events took place at the National Library of Latvia – many thanks to the LNL for cooperation!

We had especially invited immigrants from Ukraine to a meeting called "We Inform – We Help". Experienced ICI lawyers Gita Miruškina, Alvis Šķenders and Egidijs Barakauskis spoke about the work of the Information Center, the available services and the use of information resources. Conclusion: there is much information, but nothing is better than an individual conversation, when the customer is answered directly to his questions!

During this meeting, the National Library of Latvia provided a lesson for children who got acquainted with the exposition “Book in Latvia” and worked in the LNL study room “Virtakas Class”.

In her lecture “Ukraine and Ukrainians, then and now”, lecturer Viktorija Prituļaka, a Latvian translator and ethnomusicologist of Ukrainian origin, educated and touched the audience with a story about the genesis of the Ukrainian people and about heroism today.

Even in stressful, difficult times, it is important to celebrate when there is a good reason for it. The day ended at 75 Lāčplēša Street with two events in a festive mood: a workshop for the inner peace “Aroma of Life” and a meeting of Farsi speakers in the mood of Novruz - the New Year of the Eastern World. Happy New Year!

The Open Day is over, but the Information Center for Newcomers continues to work. Newcomers from third countries are invited to apply and receive assistance! On the website integration.lv you can learn how to apply to our specialists and find a lot of useful information in Latvian, English and Russian. See you again!

Open Day in Riga Information Centre for Newcomers

Ievietots: 23.03.2022

Already this Wednesday, March 23, the Riga Information Center for Immigrants (abbreviated ICI - a project implemented by the association “Shelter “Safe House””) invites to valuable events that will take place in person and will be broadcast live, too.

On the Open Day, we especially welcome those who have recently arrived in Latvia from third countries, including Ukraine! We also invite those who help immigrants - professionally or as volunteers.

On the Open Day, we are cooperating with the National Library of Latvia, where events with the highest number of visitors are expected.

At 10.00 at the “Shelter“ Safe House ”” premises Lāčplēša Street 75: lecture “Investments and financing” (in cooperation with the project “Migrant Talent Garden”), lecturer Reinis Budriķis. This lecture is useful for immigrants from third countries who are thinking about starting their own business in Latvia. Working language: English.

At 13.30 at the National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas Street 3: meeting “We inform and help”. Experienced ICI lawyers Gita Mirushkina, Alvis Šķenders and Egidijs Barakauskis will welcome everyone, especially those from Ukraine. They will tell about the work of the Information Center, about the stay of immigrants in Latvia and answer the questions of the meeting visitors. Working language: Russian, with opportunities to communicate in Latvian and English.

And… children could be brought with you! From 13.30: The National Library of Latvia will offer a lesson for children. There will be an excursion to get acquainted with the exposition “Book in Latvia” and the LNL in general, as well as a practical creative workshop in the LNL study room “Virtakas Class”. Languages: Latvian and / or Russian.

At 15.30 at the National Library of Latvia - lecture “Ukraine and Ukrainians, then and now”. Lecturer – Viktorija Prituljak, Latvian translator of Ukrainian origin, ethnomusicologist, journalist and public activist. You will learn about the Ukrainian language, history, culture and today`s realities. Yuri Zaharchuk, Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia, will pay tribute with his presence and address. Language: Latvian, with the possibility to communicate in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

At 18.00 Lāčplēša Street 75: Farsi language enthusiasts meet with Farsi as native speakers. Delicious national snacks and talks about Novruz - the New Year of the Eastern World. Farsi, or Persian, is spoken by about 40 million people worldwide, mostly in Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Working language: Farsi, with English.

Also at 18.00 Lāčplēša Street 75 workshop for inner peace during busy times "Aroma of Life". We especially welcome mothers with children. Adults, practically, will get to know the smell as a source of emotional well-being. Children (from the age of about 3) will have their own interesting tasks related to drawing and painting. The workshop will be led by psychologist and aroma consultant Dace Meiere.

More about the events, as well as about watching live - on the FB profile:  facebook.com/Integration.lv.

Photo: Open day in Liepāja 11/03/2022

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

"I live in Latvia: here and now" - with Khushi Malhotra to the cinema

Ievietots: 09.03.2022

Today, when we are all concerned about the tragic events in Ukraine, we value as a treasure the possibilities that have so far been taken for granted. Go to work, study, put children to school, meet friends… How grateful we can be for a peaceful daily life. How good that together with Khushi Malhotra we were able to go to the cinema, watch a Latvian film and then discuss it!

In the 8th series of “I Live in Latvia: Here and Now” created by the Information Centre for Newcomers we visit the cinema “K.Suns”, where the Latvian Center of Contemporary Art organizes a “Cinema Evening School for Newcomers to Latvia”. What movie did we watch? You will find out watching this video!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

 

Firuz Khafizov and his life in Latvia

Ievietots: 25.02.2022

 

 

For the fourth time, the Success story of the Information Centre for Newcomers’ comes out. This time we meet Firuz Khafizov, who was born and raised in Tajikistan but now lives in Riga and speaks Latvian.

Firuz arrived in Riga in 2008, when during her studies Dushanbe realized that she should use her foreign language knowledge and therefore sought to study outside his country. It was not easy to start to live in Latvia at the beginning. Firuz tells that in Tajikistan the sun shines every day and it also affects people physiologically and emotionally, they are opening up much more quickly for mutual communication. Latvia seemed to be not exactly the right place for him.

At Riga Technical University, the foreign student department where Firuz was trained, the studies took place in English and there were students only from abroad. The Latvian language could only be learned at the level of beginners. However, Firuz already had experience with foreign language learning, and he decided to learn Latvian by himself.

It was as a key to the possibility of comfortable living in Latvia. It turned out that Latvian people were open enough, especially in rural areas. Firuz remembers the trip to the countryside, when, in a beautifully arranged farmstead near Cesis, students were invited to have a space for picnic. It was a turning point after which Firuz began to feel close to Latvia. Also daily, while living in Riga, Firuz communicates in Latvian with neighbours. His children are friends with neighbouring children, regardless of whether the family language is Latvian, Russian or Tajik.

Without losing ties with the country, and even feeling like a representative of the wider region, Firuzs now feels Latvia as his country.

 

 

 

In the latest ICN news series: what is the Dialogue Platform

Ievietots: 18.02.2022

Within the framework of the 10th episode of the Information centre for newcomers news we find out what is the Dialogue Platform, who meets on this Platform, what is being discussed and why it is important for immigrants.

The head of the Dialogue Platform Sigita Zankovska-Odiņa tells us about it.

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

 
 
 

In the latest ICN news series: Ravi Solanki and Bollywood Dances

Ievietots: 23.12.2021

In this series, we meet Ravi Solanki, a Bollywood dance teacher, and learn what constitutes Indian dance.

Indian Ravi Solanki has been living in Latvia for three years! Already in India, the guy was fascinated with Bollywood dances, but moving to Latvia, he has also started teaching them to people living here. Initially, Latvians had a reserved attitude towards Indian dances, but over time, people have become more and more interested in this attractive and active way of spending time. Now Ravi teaches dance to several Latvian groups, moreover, he does it in his own dance hall!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

"I live in Latvia: here and now" solemn Latvian November episode

Ievietots: 11.11.2021

The newest "I live in Latvia: here and now" episode is dedicated to the month of November! The main topics of this series: the proclamation of the Latvian state on November 18, 1918, as well as Lāčplēsis Day, which commemorates the Latvian defenders who fell during both - the Freedom battles and the Bermontiad. In the series, we also learn more about the circumstances in which India gained its independence from the British Empire in 1947!

In the latest series "I Live in Latvia: Here and Now" created by the Information Centre for Newcomers, together with Gita Mirushkina and Khushi Malhotra, we visit the building of the Latvian National Theater, where the founding of the Latvian state took place on November 18, 1918. We continue on with moving to the riverside of Daugava, where during the Bermontiad - at the end of 1919 - the defenders of Riga, fearlessly defending the capital of Latvia, had made entrenchments, from which they conducted their warfare. Next, we come to the Riga Castle wall, where every year on November 11 - Lāčplēsis Day - the inhabitants of Latvia solemnly commemorate the Latvian defenders who fell in the Latvian freedom fights, as well as in Bermontiad.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

From October 15 to December 16, the organization continues to hold a series of seminars "Open to the World"

Ievietots: 04.11.2021

One "Open to the World" seminar cycle consists of 5 lectures and lasts for five days; one lecture per day.

"Open to the World" lectures include topics on intercultural communication, the emergence and breaking of stereotypes, international law in the context of migration, human rights norms, as well as the concepts of identity and the impact of globalization on cultural interaction.

More than 120 people from all over Latvia have already applied to listen to the seminar cycle of the organization "Shelter "Safe House"". It should be mentioned that 3 groups of listeners have already finished listening to the seminar, but 2 more groups of listeners are planned this week and next week. The seminars are aimed at such specialists as social workers, teachers, librarians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, etc. Within the framework of the lectures, it is possible to get acquainted with third-country nationals who, showing their positive example, have successfully integrated into Latvia.

It should be noted that the lecturers have already received positive feedback from listeners on the quality of the lecture material.

Many thanks to everyone who participates in the seminar series "Open to the World"!

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

In the latest episode of the Information centre for newcomers news we are visiting Daugavpils!

Ievietots: 27.10.2021

In this beautiful city, we met with the head of Daugavpils Information Center for newcomers Ilze Čāmāne, who told us about the life and current state of affairs of third-country national communities in Latgale; then we talked to Anna and Olga, who moved to Daugavpils from the vast Ukraine, as well as visited Centre of Belarussian Culture in Daugavpils , where we got acquainted with the history and customs of Belarusian community in Daugavpils!

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Podcast with Dante Giura: from US to Latvia

Ievietots: 13.10.2021

The guest of the newest podcast of the Information Center for Newcomers is Dante Giura - a New Yorker who has lived in Latvia for many years. On the podcast, we talk about Dante`s adventurous, thorn and star-covered path to the profession of hairdresser, the legendary snowstorms of New York, the Latvian winters in Ādaži and the slow manner of making friends with Latvians.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

From New York City to Riga: the Success Story of Dante Giura

Ievietots: 04.10.2021

The main character of the latest Information Centre for Newcomers’ Success Story is the colorful and artistic New Yorker Dante Giura, who has lived in Latvia for several years. The American shares his impressions of the rhythm of life in Europe and the United States, his love of music, as well as the reasons why Latvia makes him happy.

 Dante found out about Latvia in 2011 and soon moved here! Since childhood, Dante has mastered English and Spanish impeccably, but when he started living in Latvia, he has also started to learn not so simple Latvian language. However, the newcomer believes that successful integration always takes time - this is especially true for acquiring new acquaintances and constructing a full-fledged social environment. Very important, according to Dante, is the positive attitude of a person who has moved to a new country. Namely, it can significantly contribute to settling into the new place.

Unlike in the United States, life in Latvia for Dante has developed into a much greater personal growth. While living in Riga, the New Yorker will focus much more on cultivating his talents and interests: hairdressing, playing music, as well as cooking. Dante is excited about both the fresh air of Riga and ample amounts of green trees in Latvia, as well as the relaxed regime in which the American manages to live his daily life here.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The 6th episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now". Together with Khushi Malhotra through the streets of Old Riga!

Ievietots: 14.09.2021

 


In the latest Information centre for newcomers  "I live in Latvia: here and now" episode, together with Khushi Malhotra, an Indian living in Latvia, we get to know the unique character of the Old Town of Riga and it’s mood that took shape over over many centuries.

In the 6th episode of  "I live in Latvia: here and now", we learn about Khushi Malhotra`s impressions of  Old Riga. We also ramble Old Riga’s narrowest street, look at the oldest stone residential buildings, as well as find out which place in our old town  to Khushi most closely resembles her favorite and native India. On this walk, we look at our old town - which has kept the atmosphere for centuries and centuries - with joy and utter excitement.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The latest Information Centre for Newcomers podcast can be heard on Spotify

Ievietots: 23.08.2021

You can listen to the latest Information Centre podcast created in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency here: Spotify

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Information Centre for Newcomers podcast in collaboration with The UN Refugee Agency

Ievietots: 17.08.2021

The newest podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers is here! This time we are together with Karolis Zibas - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Integration Officer and representative for the Nordic and Baltic Countries, Evija Strupiša - member of the board of the organization "I Want to Help Refugees", Aladdin from Syria and Milad from Iran. Together this friendly bunch shares stories and experiences on integration in Northern Europe/North-eastern Europe!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The newest Information Centre for Newcomers news episode is here

Ievietots: 12.08.2021

The Information Center for Newcomers collaborate closely with both international and local organizations that develop integration policies for third-country nationals in the Nordic as well as the Baltic countries.

Recently Information Centre for Newcomers was visited by Karolis Zibas - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Integration Officer and representative for the Nordic and Baltic Countries and Evija Strupiša - member of the board of the organization "I Want to Help Refugees". In the newest episode together with aforementioned experts as well as with Aladdin from Syria and Milad from Iran we discuss integration process in Northern and Northeastern Europe.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

Information Centre for Newcomers in Jelgava is working remotely

Ievietots: 03.08.2021

Until new on-site premises are found, the Information Center for Newcomers in Jelgava will work remotely! We invite you to contact the Information Center for Newcomers in Jelgava by writing to e-mail: ici.zemgale@gmail.com, calling by phone. +371 25719588

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

We present the new "I live in Latvia: here and now!" episode!

Ievietots: 30.07.2021

This time we - together with Khushi Malhotra - are getting acquainted with the most popular game in India: dynamic, slightly dangerous, physically demanding field or Indian hockey!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/

The sixth episode of the Information centre for newcomers news: work and challenges during the pandemic

Ievietots: 03.06.2021

In this Information Centre for Newcomers news series, the viewer is informed about ICN`s activities and challenges during the pandemic. The series examine the application of most modern technological solutions during the ICN`s daily consulting practice. Various communication channels through which the client is invited to turn to ICN specialists for assistance are identified as well.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter 

The 4th episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now" has been published. In this series we cook potato balls together with Khushi Malhotra

Ievietots: 10.05.2021

In this information centre for newcomers "I live in Latvia: here and now" episode we together with Khushi Malhotra and organization`s "Shelter "Safe House""  lawyer-consultant Gita Mirushkina learn to make potato balls (Aloo kay balls) in Indian fashion.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

We are publishing the fifth episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers news

Ievietots: 12.04.2021

Within the framework of the 5th episode of the Information centre for newcomers news we guested in the cities of Valmiera and Cēsis. In Valmiera, we met with Baiba Zalcmane, the head of the Valmiera regional Information centre for newcomers, who told us about the life of the third-country national communities in Vidzeme. We also visited the cozy cafe "Ahh-meat" of Ahmet and his latvian wife Laila, where we learned the life story of the couple. In Cēsis we met Dita Rutule - a Latvian language teacher who specializes in teaching Latvian to immigrants, as well as talked to youth specialist Iveta Jermolajeva about Georgian youth who participate in various volunteer activities in Latvia.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

4th podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers with Quad Okuns

Ievietots: 06.04.2021

We publish the 4th podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers with Quad Okuns. Quad`s homeland is Nigeria. While still living in Africa, Quad became a member of the international NGO AIESEC. The main goal of this organization: to develop leadership skills in young people around the world, as well as to focus on solving global problems. Quad is currently the President of AIESEC in Latvia. In the podcast, we discuss the Quad`s experience in Estonia and Latvia, as well as touch on the life of African communities in the Baltic States and discuss Latvia`s development potential in the context of the European Union.

Have a nice time listening to our talk!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Success story with Carolina Ruiz! Moving from Venezuela to Latvia

Ievietots: 24.03.2021

In the spring mood, we are publishing the second Success Story of the organization`s "Shelter "Safe House"" Information Center for Newcomers with a nice and charismatic Spanish language teacher from Venezuela, Carolina Ruiz!

Karolina has been living in Latvia for nine years now, and her story will seem interesting to every viewer and listener!

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

3rd episode of "I live in Latvia: here and now" - quiz about Latvia and India

Ievietots: 18.03.2021

In the new "I Live in Latvia: here and now" episode, Harry and Khushi compare their knowledge of Latvian and Indian foretime, geography, history and present!

Here every viewer and listener will learn something new!

*With Russian and English subtitles

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Data on the clients of the Information Center for Newcomers as well as on the services provided during the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. has been gathered

Ievietots: 01.03.2021

During the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. 554 consultations were provided to 481 unique clients, 34 psychological consultations, 40 consultations to 40 service providers and specialists.

In the reporting period of 01.07. - 31.12.2020. 19 translators / linguists from Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Tiger, Turkish, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Azerbaijani and Tajik languages were involved in the work.

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

The 4th episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers news tells us about the lives of the newcomers in Liepāja and Nīca

Ievietots: 12.02.2021

In this episode, we visited the Liepāja Regional Information Center for Newcomers and had a nice chat with its director Līga!

We also went to Nīca High School and Music School to find out how the children from Vietnam are doing there.

Enjoy watching!

*Subtitles available in Russian and English

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

"I live in Latvia: here and now" 2nd episode

Ievietots: 01.02.2021

Information Center for Newcomers second episode of the section "I live in Latvia: here and now" is now also available on the YouTube channel of the association "Shelter" Safe House```` with subtitles in Russian and English.

In this episode, together with Khushi Malhotra, we are visiting Mežaparks and talking about the similarities and differences of indian and latvian culture.

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

Third Podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers

Ievietots: 28.01.2021

Jashan Malhotra is an Indian who has been living in Latvia for several years. In the podcast, we talked about Latvia, India, patriotism, Sanskrit, soldiers and military service, as well as other interesting things.

 

 

*With subtitles in russian and english language

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01

The third episode of the Information Centre for Newcomers is here!

Ievietots: 30.12.2020

In this episode we are visiting the Jelgava Regional ICN centre and getting acquainted with the head of the centre Iveta Dembovska!

*With Russian and English subtitles

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

Information Centre for Newcomers first Success Story

Ievietots: 09.12.2020

We are delighted to publish Information Centre for Newcomers first Success Story with Sai Shankar Reddy Bokka!

Sai Shankar is a student from India, who lives in Latvia for several years, He likes it here. Shankar is socially active, he plays music instruments, socializes and enjoys european culture!

To get to know the protagonist of the Success Story closer, watch the video!

 *Latvian and russian language subtitles are available

 

 

The activity of the Information Centre for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

Now the second podcast of the Information Centre for Newcomers on YouTube as well

Ievietots: 24.11.2020

Karolina Ruiz is a native of Venezuela who for the past 8 years have been living in Latvia. She is working with children as a teacher, as well as teaching spanish to latvians.
This is the second podcast in the Information Centre for Newcomers podcast series on integration in Latvia "We are different people, but all of us are living in Latvia".
 
*Russian and English subtitles available
 
You can hear the podcast also on the organization`s Spotify account and Soundcloud account.
 
 

 

The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2020/3/01.

The 1th episode of the series "I live in Latvia: here and now" can be watched on the organization`s "Shelter "Safe House"" YouTube channel

Ievietots: 09.11.2020