Radio show aimed at Latvians abroad plans broadcast on citizenship law

A new radio program devoted to Latvians abroad plans a live broadcast examining pending changes to the homeland’s Citizenship Law, according to the show’s producers.

The “21.gadsimta latvietis” (The 21st Century Latvian) broadcast is scheduled at 13:05 hours Latvia time on Sunday, Nov. 25. The broadcast will air on Latvian Radio 1 and also will available as a live stream on

Participating in the broadcast will be MP Ingmārs Čaklais, chair of the Citizenship Law Amendments Subcommittee of the Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee.

Among issues to be addressed during the broadcast will be dual citizenship and whether it will draw children born to mixed marriages back to Latvia, whether dual citizenship will result in an increase in voters who are disloyal to Latvia, and which citizenship will be more important and useful for Latvian citizens abroad.

The amendments to the Citizenship Law, which would include acknowledging dual citizenship for a broad range of individuals, have passed their second reading in the Saeima. A final vote is expected before the end of the year, in part because the amendments are supposed to take effect Jan. 1.

Producers invite the public to send questions to Čaklais between 13:00 and 13:30 hours Latvia time by calling the studio at +371 67222888 or +371 67225599, or by emailing

The “21.gadsimta latvietis” show took to the air on Nov. 11. The broadcast is led by journalist Ansis Bogustovs and produced by Lūkass Tālis Rozītis.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

2 thoughts on “Radio show aimed at Latvians abroad plans broadcast on citizenship law

  1. If it becomes possible that the descendents of exiles (upto 4 generations I have read) can apply for dual citizenship – I am assuming that you must have to pass a language test for eligibility?

  2. …nesaprotu,kādēļ latvietim šie izzinošie raksti būtu jāboksterē svešā mēlē,…esošais teksts varētu būt latviešu valodā,…

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