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Study: life abroad teaches confidence about one’s abilities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPeople that have returned to Latvia after living abroad show better labour market activity results than average Latvian residents, as concluded in a study organized by Diaspora and Migration Research Centre of the University of Latvia.

This study was performed with support from Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry. More than three thousand people took part in it.

Foreign Affairs Ministry’s special ambassador for matters of diaspora Atis Sjanits says results of this study are valuable for future assessments of the re-emigration process to improve the process of returning Latvian citizens to their home country and making sure they are able to reintegrate in society and labour market. It is important to promote positive thinking movement in Latvia and use the experience of re-emigrated compatriots to show that education, knowledge and skills acquired abroad are valued in Latvia.

«Respondents explain their decision to return with longing for friends, family members and Latvia in general. Many start looking for jobs shortly after returning to the country. This process takes some time. Some return to Latvia having expanded their education, acquired work experience or general competence,» as concluded in the study.

It is mentioned that experience gained abroad is generally considered valuable – living abroad has provided residents with confidence about their abilities and other benefits. Around 40% of employed Latvians who re-emigrated after living abroad use the skills they learned abroad. Nearly as many people say their employers more or less value the experience they gained abroad.

It should be noted that people who have spent at least one year in Latvia after returning show better labour market activity than other Latvian residents. Those people are more often employed, economically active or self-employed. They also more often receive higher wages. Only 34% of re-emigrated Latvian citizens receive wages under EUR 450 after taxes. 33% are paid wages above EUR 700 a month when compared with 21% of all employees in the country.

Income of self-employed re-emigrants is even higher – 44% earn more than EUR 700 a month. Experience gained abroad is valued the most in sectors that require highly qualified specialists. Experience gained abroad improves career opportunities of men more than career opportunities of women, according to study data.

It has been concluded based on the study’s results that it is important to consider not just wages, but also other related matter to make Latvia’s labour market more attractive. These include work environment and culture, taxes and social guarantee.

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