Refugees frustrated and trapped in chilly Baltic statesBut how could he survive in an impoverished Third World ruin of a country like Uganda, Ethiopia, Israel, or Egypt?
By Oxana Antonenko
BBC Russian, Riga
4 July 2017
Many refugees relocated to the small Baltic states by the EU face alienation and poverty and end up moving elsewhere in Europe.
It is a headache for the EU, already embroiled in a bitter dispute with Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary over their refusal to accept refugees.
Mekharena, an Eritrean, came to Latvia from Italy a year ago. Reaching Europe was an odyssey – he came via Uganda, Ethiopia, Israel and Egypt.
He only learnt he was going to Latvia a day before his flight. He was not allowed to choose the destination himself, and was not happy about it.[Comment at Unz.com]
“There are lots of Eritreans everywhere in Europe. They talk to one another. We all know that in Germany they give you an apartment and €400 (£439; $568) pocket money. But in Latvia they don’t give us anything – just €139 a month,” he told BBC Russian.