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Emigration is a concern for Latvia

Emigration is a concern for Latvia

Publicerat av Cecilia Helland Wednesday, 22 February 2012.

Over the next 3-4 years, almost 100,000 people will emigrate from Latvia, according to new figures.

Over the past 10 years, as many as 200,000 inhabitants have already left the country; however, official statistics show only 33.000 emigrants according to Professor Mihails Hazans at the University of Latvia.

Although Latvia has recovered well from the years of crisis and the economy recovers, individuals between the ages of 18-65 still plan for emigration.

Latvia currently experiences a continued "brain drain" which is a significant problem because it has been shown that every 3 emigrant from the country have a high education, and unfortunately this proportion increase significantly.

In addition, the highly educated individuals have better options and opportunities to succeed in other countries.

Latvians prefer to immigrate to Germany, which recently has opened up its labor market considerably to other EU countries.

During the crisis 2004-2008, 16.000 Latvians left the country annually. After that, approximately 40.000 Latvians have left the country each year.

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Cecilia Helland


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