Dating latvija in arab
During his time in Latvia, he says he has “lived through it all.
In 2010 the successful doctor decided to run as a member of parliament, and although he didn’t make it that year, in 2014 he succeeded in becoming a member of the Saeima [the Latvian Parliament].Some of them come here to study, and many ended up staying, getting married and starting their lives in this country of 1.9 million people.I spoke to a number of them to find out what brought them here, if they plan to stay, and what life is like as an Arab in a country where a very small portion of the population is non-European.As an MP he has served on the Social and Employment Affairs commission, as well as the Citizenship, Migration Affairs and Social Solidarity commission to focus on minority integration issues. “I have to bear in mind that these people [the Latvian population] lived in a very closed communist regime for 50 years.It has taken time for them to understand foreigners who come to love this country, who are patriotic and live here because they truly want to live here, and be lawful and fit into the culture.” He is matter of fact, noting that “in any society there will be a part which supports the EU and some parts which support the national or conservative lines.” He understands, he says, that people are afraid of foreigners, especially because of the wars in Syria, Libya and elsewhere, and recent terrorist attacks in Europe. Abu Meri founded the Arabic Culture Center (ACC) in 2005. The aim was to fight a phobia of and stereotyping of Arabs, in Latvia and across Europe.” The centre encourages social integration of Arabs in Latvia and across the wider EU; it also aims to strengthen cultural and social ties between the Arab world and Latvia, and offers educational lectures on Arabic culture.Hosam Abu Meri is one of the most prominent members of the Latvian Arab community.
He arrived in Riga in 1993, completing his studies in medicine as part of a first trial course which ran in English.
AIESEC is an international NGO and not-for-profit organisation that provides young people with leadership skills, cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchanges across the world.
A global citizen, Khadraoui previously lived in Albania, Poland and the US.
“At its core, the ACC tries to preserve the Arab culture, and to help people integrate into society and life in Latvia,” explains Dr Abu Meri.
Over the past six months, the centre has held a major cultural project offering free Arabic language courses to Latvians, and free Latvian courses for Arabs living in Latvia.
On its last tour, the ACC held seminars in five major Latvian cities – Daugavpils, Rēzekne, Valmiera, Jelgava and Ventspils.