"It is not safe when some 30 young people, whose intentions are unclear, are loitering," Zigurds Blaus said, adding that many Mucenieki residents announced their intention to move to a "quieter place."
Financed from the state budget, the Mucenieki reception center was built in the late 1990s, with support from the US government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Swedish government. According to the the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, each asylum seeker relocated in the center receives 2.15 euro ($2.4) daily — for food, hygiene products and other goods of prime necessity.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Latvian government was discussing the possibility of granting 250 euros ($280) per month to refugees. Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs criticized the proposal, saying the benefits to refugees from third countries were greater than those to Latvian nationals.