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This chapter summarizes the discussions in the other chapters of this section of the book. Citizenship policy also reflects adherence to the principle of continuity. Many Soviet era settlers became of undetermined status because they did not qualify for Latvian citizenship. Taking into account international law obligations requiring avoidance of statelessness and prohibition on expelling aliens en masse Latvia became trapped in a situation without clear-cut legal solutions. Soviet era immigrants managed to influence the citizenship policy of Latvia and creation of non-citizen status considerably. This holds true especially in relation to naturalization requirements and rights of the child to nationality. Language proficiency and knowledge of history stand at the core of admitting persons to Latvian citizenship as well as integration policy. The Latvian case also shows the importance of the national context in which solutions should be found.

Keywords:integration; international law; Latvian citizenship; Latvian language; naturalization procedures; Soviet era settlers; statelessness



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