Latviski English По-русски
Monday 18.06.2018 | Name days: Madis, Alberts

Demographer: immigration impacts the population of this generation

(No Ratings Yet)

Author: Ieva Lūka/LETAMost Latvian residents believe immigration is the largest threat to Latvia’s demography. 60% of respondents agree with this statement, which is 6% more than there were in 2010 (54%).

Most (60%) of respondents claim they have heard about Economy Ministry’s (EM) developed re-immigration plan. A total of 59% of respondents believe the activities included in the plan could potentially contribute to the return of their compatriots home. Respondents note that the information available on Latvia’s job market (33%) and providing financial support to employers for the attraction of highly qualified workforce (26%) are two of the most effective measures, according to results of DNB Latvian barometer.

Nearly half of the respondents have mentioned that they have friends that have left for foreign countries, and still live and work there. 33% of respondents said their relatives or friends had used the opportunity to return home. Only 14% of respondents have noted that they have no friends or relatives that have left Latvia in search of a better life.

“Rapid immigration rates cost Latvia more people than low birth rates and high mortality. For example, mortality claims around 10 000 residents every year. The “losses” caused by immigration are much higher. Consequences of immigration will be felt after 4-5 years, when the number of jobs in Latvia exceeds that of available people of working age”, – Ilmars Mezs, a demographer of the International Organization for Immigration, explains.

“When asked as to how many of those that have left could return to Latvia in the next five years, more than half of respondents (56%) said – less than 10%. 18% of respondents said 10-25% could return, 5% said 26-50%. Only 1% of respondents said more than 50% of Latvians would return to Latvia.”

When evaluating different aspects that could potentially contribute to the people’s return to Latvia, respondents mentioned: larger salaries (81%) and more jobs (68%). Other possible aspects include lowering general costs for goods and services to live in Latvia. 16% of respondents believe social benefits are of the utmost importance, while 15% of respondents believe the state should offer more support to entrepreneurship.

“It is no surprise that residents believe immigration is the largest threat to Latvia’s demography, and that their return could, most likely, be motivated by larger salaries. The second most often mentioned aspect is a larger number of available jobs. We need to keep in mind that the imbalance between Latvia’s job market’s offered remuneration options and the residents’ demand will remain for some time”, – says Providus researcher Valts Kalnins.

“Unfortunately, the reasons often mentioned by respondents as to why they chose to stay in Latvia cannot be linked to the feeling of economic comfort (only 14% have said they have good jobs and salaries).

The reasons mentioned are mostly conditions that limit immigration opportunities. This does not offer certainty that the wave of immigration will rapidly reduce in the near future. According to data from the European Commission, unlike Bulgaria and Romania, people with higher or medium qualifications leave Baltic countries. One third of EU immigrants are even over-qualified for some jobs abroad”, – Latvian Employers Confederation director general Liga Mengelsone comments the survey results.


Leave a reply

  1. JPR says:

    Keep the Muslims out!

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways joins European train system Interrail

Lithuanian state railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai has joined Interrail, a European train system that allows passengers to buy cheaper tickets for train travel across Europe.

Zolitūde tragedy lawyer criticises Latvian laws as favourable to insolvency administrators, not business owners

Outspoken Latvian lawyer, Aldis Gobzems, who defends in civil trials the victims of the Zolitūde supermarket collapse, where 54 people died and dozens suffered injuries, has joined the KPV LV party for the parliamentary election and is pointing to perceived political support to a few successful insolvency administrators.

Eurozone simulation with monthly billions to be quit in 2018

The European Central Bank has stated it would quit end its massive programme to stimulate the eurozone economy by buying bonds for 30 billion euros each month in December.

Human traffickers in Hungary sent to prison for 71 people dead in meat truck

For the deaths of 71 migrants, who suffocated in a sealed meat truck in Hungary in August 2015, a Hungarian court has sentenced four men to 25-year jail terms after finding them guilty of people-smuggling.

Lithuanian employers bristle against minimum wage raise to 450 euro

The disparities of the socio-economic development of the regions are very high in Lithuania, so raising the minimum wage from 400 euros now to 450 euros as suggested by the Lithuanian Government would cripple many small and medium-sized business owners in the less prosperous regions and the municipalities, Lithuanian economists caution. The minimum wage was raised in Lithuania by 20 per cent to 400 euros last year.

No-confidence vote on Latvian Justice Minister postponed to June 20

In the Latvian parliament, two motions asking for the resignation of Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs have been submitted and the vote is expected to take place on June 20.

Judge urges to stop testing politicians for cooperation with Soviet KGB

As Latvian politicians running in elections have to acknowledge that they have not worked for the Soviet State Security Committee during the Soviet occupation of the country, courts have since 1995 been looking into cases of possible cooperation and now, due to the lack of evidence, politicians should drop the evaluation of possible cooperation with the KGB, suggested a judge at the Riga Regional Court.

State budget income up 11% in Latvia this year

In the Latvian state budget, a total of 3.8 billion euros have been paid in the first five months of 2018, which is by 11% more than in the respective period last year, the Latvian State Revenue Service stated.

Volkswagen fined billion euros for diesel exhaust scheme

German car maker Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros by German prosecutors for its diesel emissions scandal and the car firm's management has stated it did not plan to appeal against the fine.

U.S.: Sanctions against North Korea to remain until complete denuclearisation

The U.S. has warned North Korea that it would not see any economic sanctions lifted until it has demonstrated «complete denuclearisation», according to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Popular restaurant chain denies alleged tampering with cash registers

Criminal police in Latvia has conducted searches at the popular Riga restaurant chain Vairāk Saules on suspicion of alleged tampering with its cash registers.

Pigs in first swine fever-hit farm culled

As to the first case of domestic pigs in Latvia being infected with the African swine fever virus in 2018, Latvian veterinary authorities have culled 165 pigs in the affected farm in central Latvia.

Bank of Latvia head appeals against decision to remove his access to state secrets

The Bank of Latvia President, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, has appealed to the Prosecutor General, Ēriks Kalnmeiers, against the decision by the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau to remove his permit to access state secrets.

Charging electric car to cost 15 cents per minute in Latvia

As Latvia builds its network of 150 quick charging stations for electric vehicles, the Latvian government has approved the cost of the service at 15 euro cents per minute with the value added tax.

Bank watchdog allows ABLV Bank to perform voluntary liquidation

Latvian Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) has decided at a board meeting to allow ABLV Bank to start its voluntary liquidation process.

Greece and Macedonia agree on new, acceptable name for latter to end dispute

The governments of Greece and its neighbouring country Macedonia have reached an agreement on the name of the latter to end a decades-long dispute that has blocked Macedonia's aspirations to become part of NATO and the European Union.

North Korea commits to verifiable denuclearisation, U.S. - to quit participating in war games

In the first summit meeting between North Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has committed to verifiable denuclearisation and in return Washington has stated American troops would no longed take part in mass war games held in South Korea.

Plan to ban female gamete donation passed for third reading in Saeima

At the Latvian Saeima, the draft amendments aimed at banning women, who have not given birth, from donating their gametes, has been passed for the third reading to the members of the parliament.

In pictures: Design competition for reconstruction of Riga Circus continues

As the Latvian Ministry of Culture is continuing the competition for the architectural design for the reconstruction of Riga Circus building, an exhibition of the submitted design projects has been opened at the Architecture Faculty of the Riga Technical University.

Historians: Soviet occupation authorities constantly interfered in religious life

During the Soviet occupation of Latvia, security workers and the Council of Religious Cult Affairs had constantly interfered in the selection of church officials, established the Latvian Commission for the Scientific Research of the State Security of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Fruit growers in Latvia see effects of drought and heat as «disastrous»

The unusually high temperatures and lack of precipitation this May in Latvia have added to the adverse effects that last year's chilly and wet summer has had in the field of fruit growing, the leadership of the Latvian Orchardman Association, has warned.

Migrant rescue ship rejected by Italy and Malta to be accepted in Spain

Mediterranean rescue ship with 629 people on board that has not been allowed to dock in Italy and Malta, would, according to Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, be accepted in Spain to help avoid a humanitarian disaster.

North Korean-U.S. historic summit focuses on defusing tensions in Korea

Head of North Korea Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump have met for talks in Singapore working on the issues of denuclearisation and lowering tensions in Korea months after they have exchanged military threats.

Police in Latvia switches from grey to colourful

As the Latvian State Police starts changing the way its cars are painted, it has presented their new colours, which will be on all State Police cars by 2020.

Petition calling for Latvia-wide restrictions on gambling launched

Latvia's New Conservative Party is calling for strict limitations to the work of gambling rooms in the country and is inviting people to sign an online petition on the issue.

Newest comments

Have you been offered a bribe for particular choice in election?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive

Category feed: Feed: