Refugees, migration and political exile
In cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, three documentary films on the issues of migration and escape in Latvia were produced for Latvian television. All three films were broadcasted in autumn 2016 on LTV. The short films are based on interviews with contemporary witnesses, who had to flee from Latvia during or after the Second World War and portray current refugees who have arrived in Latvia recently.
Brochure "Who are we in Europe?"
During this year’s summer school students and young professionals from Germany and the three Baltic countries exchanged their ideas and opinions on challenges and perspectives of the European community of values. Their declarations were now published in a brochure alongside with the declarations of the participants of the other summer schools that were held by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in four different countries in Europe this summer.
KAS Scholarship Holders 2016
The grant of scholarships to the best students who learn German in the secondary school in Valmiera has become a tradition for the KAS. The current scholarship holders from left to right: Paulis Rumba, Paula Indra Žuga, Anna Žanete Treimane and the principal Artūrs Skrastiņš.
On the 28th of January a discussion about migration took place in Riga with experts, politicians and active members of the society. The central question was: "Will there be a healthy perspective change or will remain the fear?". Ina Strazdina (Latvian Radio/Brussels) talked about her own experiences with the arrival of refugee boats, e.g. in Lampedusa and Dr. D. Auers (University of Latvia) visualized his information with some statistics. This is the link to the video:
In 2015 Europe has experienced one of the greatest influxes of refugees and migrants since WW2 as vast numbers of people have fled the ongoing violence in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. The European asylum systems have consequently been put under severe pressure. Norway is one of the countries that have received the highest number of asylum seekers compared to local population in 2015. In relative terms, only six European countries received more asylum applications.
The photo exhibition “Freedom for the Baltic States. Writings by Latvians on the Berlin Wall”, can be visited at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia starting from the 2. of July 2015.
The year 2014 saw a change in the way Germany was perceived as a foreign policy actor. The crisis in Ukraine and the EU’s relationship with Russia, but also the instability in the Southern Neighbourhood has put Europe under intense pressure.
Our new report "A sustainable Arctic: Precondition, pitfalls and potentials" has been released!
The Latvian way of addressing and tackling the challenges of the severe financial and economic crisis of 2008 and 2009 has often been perceived as a success story. However migration, high youth unemployment and the absence of future perspectives keep challenging decision makers in Latvia and abroad. Hence the German dual vocational education system presently attracts more and more attention in Latvia as well as in many other parts of the world.
State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy
24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today.