Non-citizens – the aliens at home: examining the place of the Russian non-citizens in Latvia

Oleinika, Julija (2015) Non-citizens – the aliens at home: examining the place of the Russian non-citizens in Latvia. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines whether the citizenship, education and language policies applied in one of the Baltic states, Latvia, undermine the rights of its Russian non-citizens. The incentive for carrying out the research was a desire to discover the reasons for an apparent prejudice held by the Latvian Government against its Russian-speaking population. The research mainly consists of examining the legal framework in the state of Latvia and interpreting relevant ‘hard’ data such as census and statistical results, with a comparison to how the other Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania, dealt with their own citizenship issues. As citizenship, by its nature, is a contested concept, this paper provides an overview of the theories and definitions in academia on the subject. Ultimately, the paper reveals the existence of an essential difference in the exercise of political rights between citizens and non-citizens. It also presents the evidence of a predominant promotion of the Latvian language at the expense of the Russian language in minority educational institutions. The final piece comprising the Russian minorities’ rights violations is the limitation placed on the use of their native language.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 14:53
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 14:53

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