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Latvia lost 7 912 people on population migration in 2010

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2010, due to the long-term migration, the population of Latvia shrank by 7912 persons, which is more than in 2009 with 4700 persons.

Last year 2790 persons from 68 countries arrived for the residence in Latvia (3.8% more compared to 2009), but 10.7 thousand persons departed for permanent residence in 86 countries (44.9% more than in 2009). Moreover, 49% of migrants came from the countries of the European Union (in 2009 – 55%), but 66% emigrated to these countries (in 2009 – 56%), reports the Central Statistical Bureau.

Latvian emigrants still most often opted for the United Kingdom (2.9% thousand), Russia (1.6 thousand) and Ireland (1.1 thousand). Emigration to United Kingdom surged 2.2 times, to Denmark – 2.1 times, to USA – 2 times, to Ireland – 1.9 times and to France – 1.6 times.

Out of the total number of the international migrants 68% of emigrants and 24% of immigrants were of Latvian citizenship. Immigrants mostly included men – 52.8%, but the majority of emigrants (54.2%) – women.

Upon analyzing the data of 2010 on marital status of international migrants, it was concluded single persons make up the biggest proportion among immigrants and emigrants, 53.0% and 53.6%, respectively. The share of married persons among immigrants formed 33.0%, but among emigrants – 33.1%.

The share of children in immigration was higher than in emigration. Also, there were 5 times more emigrants than immigrants at working age. Similarly, the number of emigrants at retirement age exceeded the number of immigrants 1.8 times. The high proportion of children among immigrants can be explained with declaration of t children born abroad in their parent place of residence in Latvia.

In terms of the internal population migration in Latvia, in 2010, 38.1 thousand persons changed their permanent place of residence from one administrative territory to another, which is 1.9 thousand persons less than a year before. There is still an ongoing trend of people moving to live in the capital city and Pieriga region. Last year 8.2 thousand persons started to live in Riga, but 11.1 thousand persons – in Pieriga. Riga residents are also moving to Pieriga region (in 2009 – 5.8 thousand persons). Total internal population net migration in 2010 was positive only in Pieriga statistical region (2141 person), as well as in some cities under state jurisdiction: Jūrmala (380 persons), Valmiera (23), Daugavpils (22) and Ventspils (12).


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