ASYLUM SEEKERS RECEPRION CENTRE "MUCENIEKI"
Information on the asylum seekers reception centre „Mucenieki”
Following international practice, in 1997 work was begun in Latvia to establish asylum seekers reception centre “Mucenieki”. The centre was established in a place in Ropazu municipality called Mucenieki, at the former military base of Soviet army. Building renovation was completed in the end of 1998, and already in December of that year the first asylum seekers were admitted there.
Funding of the asylum seeker reception centre “Mucenieki”.
Establishment of the centre was supported by the United States government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swedish government. Total expenses of the building renovation and development of external communications networks were something over 840 000 lats. After the centre was established, it is financed from the state budget. Each asylum seeker (except those asylum seekers being themselves enough well-situated) receives a per diem – 1.50 lats for food, hygiene products and other goods of prime necessity.
Information on refugees and asylum seekers housed at the centre.
Asylum seekers and refugees who have stayed at the centre were coming from the following countries: Afghanistan, Congo (Zaire), Morocco, Armenia, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Pakistan, Angola, Iraq, Russia, Tajikistan and Nigeria. The biggest number of asylum seekers simultaneously staying at the centre has been 27 persons.
Organizing daily life at the Reception centre.
It is possible to house 2 asylum seekers at each room. There are also family rooms. Kitchen, laundry, TV room and nursery room is also available for the centre inhabitants. Asylum seekers are obliged to comply with the internal rules of procedure of the centre.
Asylum seekers reception centre “Mucenieki” and local community of Mucenieki village.
Since the establishment of the centre it has been considered to be very important to stay in positive relations with the authorities of local municipality as well as with the local community itself. During the project implementation local infrastructure (roads, landscape and telecommunications) of Mucenieki was also improved. 63 500 lats were invested in new water treatment facilities; local inhabitants were offered new work places.