Fewer considering economic emigration

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Fewer Latvian residents than in previous years are seriously considering going abroad for work in future, according to a public opinion poll carried out by SKDS pollster and reported by the LETA newswire.

In the poll held at the end of 2016, respondents were asked how probable it was that they might leave Latvia and go abroad for work in the next few years.

There were 13 percent of respondents, who said the probability was high or rather high, which is the same record-low rate as in a similar poll in 2007.

But back in 2007 fewer people (77 percent) were certain they would not look for a job outside Latvia as compared to 81 percent in the most recent poll.

For 4 percent, the probability of going abroad for work is very high and 9 percent said it was rather high. At the same time, 57 percent said it was highly or absolutely improbable and 24 percent called it rather improbable in the poll held at the end of last year.

The comparable figures over recent years are displayed in this graphic from SKDS head Arnis Kaktins.


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