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32% of Latvians willing to work abroad

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvians leaving to work abroad is a serious issue with long-term effect on the future of the state, 76% of the respondents say. 9% see it as an important, but short-term problem, while 6% point out it is not that big issue after all.

More than 60% say the greatest damage the emigrants leave behind is problems to those they have left (marriages collapse, children grow up without parents, ect). They also stress rural areas are under the greatest threat, because people tend to leave them the most, according to the latest DnB NORD Latvian barometer survey.

Bigger burden on the social budget is ranked only the third with 55% of the surveyed saying the people of Latvia with limited means now have to take care of all the economically inactive population. Slightly less – 52% claim brain drain is a considerable issue.

54% of the respondents point out they support the emigrants, 23% sympathise with them, while only 3% reproach their decision to leave their mother land. Moreover, 32% themselves are willing to leave Latvia to work abroad with 15% adding they hardly see any future in Latvia.

Despite one of the most popular destinations among Latvian emigrants is Ireland with high unemployment rate, 45% of the respondents still believe one can earn more there, with 27% claiming that even if one does not find a job in Ireland they still offer better social security.

Upon commenting how to prevent emigration, 67% say business environment should be made more friendly and more job positions created, 51% claim social security to the employed must be improved, while 43% advocate promoting rural areas.

21% do not support other nationalities establishing permanent residence in Latvia, moreover, 17% say they would endanger the Latvian culture. 22% believe immigration would cause additional burden to the already weakened social budget. About one third claim foreigners are not interested in Latvia as a work place or residence at all.


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  1. hoijaaa says:

    You barely can make more in Ireland now..

  2. Clarabelle cow says:

    The governement is doing its best to encourage Latvians to leave up.By cutting social benefits So thoses lwho leave have my total support

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