Emigration on the decline

Economics Ministry estimates say that substantially fewer people are leaving Latvia than during the economic downturn, Oļegs Baranovs, director of the Economy Structural Policy Department at the ministry, told Latvian Radio Wednesday.

According to ministry estimates, at the height of the economic downturn in 2009-2010 about 38,000–40,000 people left Latvia each year.

Despite that emigration is declining, the net migration was still negative at -7,900 in 2015. 

Baranovs also noted a positive tendency in that people are becoming more interested in moving back.

For example, almost 24,000 people from abroad visited the Latvija.lv government portal's section on re-emigration in 2015, which is 10,000 more than in 2014. 

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