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    Latvian representatives are negotiating with refugees in Greece but none of them has expressed readiness to go to Latvia, according to the state secretary of Latvia's Interior Ministry.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — None of migrants seeking refuge in Europe has expressed willingness to relocate to Latvia, which is due to take in some 770 people from Africa and the Middle East, the state secretary of Latvia's Interior Ministry said Thursday.

    According to Ilze Petersone-Godmane, Latvian representatives are negotiating with refugees in Greece but none of them has expressed readiness to go to Latvia.

    "We do not know when the first person who would agree to go to Latvia will appear," the state secretary said.

    Latvia cannot force refugees to come to the country, as their choice should be voluntary, Petersone-Godmane said.

    In late January, the deputy head of Latvia's Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Maira Roze, said that first refugees were expected to arrive in Latvia during the second week of February. Ten people are due to come in February, while another 30 are expected in March.

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