The project „Study of the situation of third-country nationals in Latvia in 2017”
The project „Study of the situation of third-country nationals in Latvia in 2017” This is the fourth research project on third-country nationals, which is implemented by the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences. The first study „Establishment of an integration system for third-country nationals” (within the framework of the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals) was carried out in 2009. In 2011, based on the first study Baltic Institute of Social Sciences implemented its second project „Development of the methodology for the Integration policy evaluation” (within the framework of the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals). In 2015 researchers participated in the project „The portrait of third-country nationals in Latvia” (within the framework of the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals), that was implemented by the Society Integration Foundation.
The research project „Study of the situation of third-country nationals in Latvia in 2017” is planned as a sequential research on studies carried out in 2009 and 2015, which allows to get an understanding of the current situation, evaluate changes and create an informational basis for the further implementation of the state immigration and integration policy. Unlike previous studies, this project includes a new target group - persons in need of international protection (refugees, asylum seekers and persons who have acquired alternative status).
The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the situation and the process of integration into the Latvian society of the target groups (third-country nationals and persons of international protection) of The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014-2020). The direct aim of the project is to provide analysis of needs of third-country nationals in order to plan activities and efficient investments of The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.
The main research activities are:
• Analysis of the situation: studying the national legal framework regarding third-country nationals and persons of international protection;
• Quantitative research: statistical analysis and survey of third-country nationals;
• Qualitative research: in-depth interviews with third-country nationals, persons of international protection, representatives of local governments and NGOs;
• Studying of projects funded by The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014-2020);
• Analysis of foreign country experience and regulatory frameworks regarding the possibilities for integration of third-country nationals and persons of international protection in the local society.
The planned result is a research report, which will include all the results and conclusions of the activities mentioned above, including the analysis of the dynamics of indicators, as well as prepared proposals and possible solutions for making measurements or monitoring system of the target group integration into society, by identifying specific indicators, their data sources and the necessary changes of the legal framework. The research report will be available in January 2018.
The Project (No. PMIF/12/IZV/2017/1/01) is being implemented from 22 September 2017 until 31 December 2017 within the planning period of The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, with funding from the European Union (75%) and the Latvian state budget (25%). The total cost of the project is € 31 418, 14.
BISS has accomplished a reserch project about minority participation in democratic processes in Latvia
The research on minority participation in democratic processes in Latvia was elaborated by the foundation “Baltic Institute of Social Sciences” and supervised by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia. Aim of the research was to collect information on minorities' non-governmental organizations in Latvia and to elicit both sense of belonging and participation in political and social processes of minorities in Latvia.
The research report is prepared in Latvian, English and Russian. It is available here.
BISS has implemented a study on the future role and development of the public administration
Study on the future role and development of the public administration was elaborated by the foundation “Baltic Institute of Social Sciences” and “O.D.A” Ltd. and supervised by the State Chancellery of Latvia. The general objective of the study was to obtain analytical information and proposals, by implementation of which the work of the structural units of personnel management of the Latvian public administration will be improved, shifting the emphasis from technical and administrative functions to strategic actions, which will allow acting proactively instead of reacting to changes. The results of the study will be used for further development and introduction of the human resources policy.
The following tasks were performed in order to achieve the goal of the study:
- A prognosis on the tendencies of development of the Latvian public administration was elaborated and a plan for actions “Public Administration as the Best Employer 2025” was drafted;
- Requirements of the young generation towards the employer and the prestige of public administration as the employer were explored as well as characteristics of the young generation as an employee presented;
- A vision on the role of the future manager was offered and characteristics of the future manager provided.
BISS has accomplished a project "The analysis of integration of Latvian non-citizens: RESEARCH, PROGNOSIS, SOLUTIONS AND DIALOGUE"
The project aim was to promote the process of naturalization and dialogue with non-citizens. The target group was Latvian non-citizens as well as experts and national authorities and municipal employees working with non-citizens. The project was implemented in the big cities with the largest number of non-citizens in Latvia - Riga, Daugavpils, Liepaja and Jelgava.
The monograph that has been prepared within the project is based on the following information sources and data obtaining methods: (1) research of theoretical literature on the citizenship issues; (2) analysis of the available statistical data; (3) secondary analysis of the data of previously made surveys with non-citizens; (4) carrying out in-depth interviews with non-citizens (total number of interviews – 40 interviews); (5) forecasting of the change in numbers of non-citizens for the next 5, 10 and 20 years, basing on the statistical analysis and data of interviews; (6) findings obtained at the approbation workshop in Riga and discussion circles in Jelgava, Liepâja, Daugavpils and Riga; (7) integrated analysis of the obtained information. The full text of the monograph “The analysis of integration of Latvian non-citizens” is available here.