|Author(s)||Z. Chehlova, I. Gode & Sokolova M. Chehlov|
|Editor||A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship|
Citizenship is one of the most topical issues in Latvia. Major transformations in the political and socio-cultural situation in the country have lead to a change in the status of the representatives of ethnic minorities. Many of them have become non-citizens. According to the Citizenship Law, the citizenship was granted to those people whose relatives had lived in Latvia before the year 1940. During the 10-year period after regaining independence, the situation has not changed considerably. A comparatively small number of people have used their rights to become Latvian citizens by means of the naturalization procedure. The major reasons for the lack of activity are inadequate knowledge of the Latvian language and, above all, lack of personal motivation. The dominant sentiment is the hurt feelings of those people who were born in the territory of Latvia, but were not granted citizenship after the country regained its independence.