Latvian diaspora figure Jānis Kukainis has passed away, according to a tweet by Latvian President Egils Levits on September 16.
On 31 July 2021, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, and the Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora, Elita Gavele, took part in a meeting of members of the Union of European Latvians (ELA) to mark its 70th anniversary, the Ministry said in a release.
A remote summer school course for diaspora youth at the University of Latvia (LU) has come to an end. More than 40 students from different countries participated and learned about the Latvian language and culture, Latvian Radio reported July 28.
Members of the Latvian diaspora community around the world are invited to take part in an online seminar hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Association of Free Latvians (PBLA).
Last year, over a thousand people returned to live in Latvia through the support provided by remigration officers, Latvian Radio reported February 26.
On 5 February 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an online presentation of the most recent research by the Centre for the Diaspora and Migration Studies of the University of Latvia (LU DMPC), “Attracting the young members of the diaspora to education institutions in Latvia”, with participation of its authors, Dr. Rita Kaša and Dr. Olga Cara.
On January 21, the first European Latvian networking event took place, which brought together 75 entrepreneurs and active Latvian nationals from all over Europe.
A year ago there were more than 370 thousand Latvian citizens living outside Latvia, according to data from the University of Latvia. A plan has been developed to strengthen their relationship with Latvia during the period 2021-23, the Foreign Ministry said January 14.
Rīga region in 2020 saw the return of 260 remigrants who plan to stay in Latvia for good, Rīga planning region representative Inese Ozoliņa said January 12.
One in ten members of the Latvian expat community currently living in the United Kingdom has considered emigrating during the COVID-19 pandemic according to an online survey conducted by Mārtiņš Kaprāns, a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia.
Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election is good news for Latvia, said Pēteris Blumbergs, president of the Latvian American Association (ALA) in an interview with Latvian Radio.
Miks Vizbulis, a Latvian resident in England, has opened his second small cafe, despite the pandemic, at the end of September, Latvian Television reported September 29.
On 21 September 2020, Elita Gavele took up the post of Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora at Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to an official statement.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 29th anniversary of Latvia’s accession to the United Nations, an exhibition titled “Baltic Appeal to the United Nations” and jointly produced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the National Archives of Latvia and the Latvian National Library was unveiled on 18 September 2020.
During the COVID-19 crisis, residents are returning to Latvia after many years of absence. In some regions of Latvia, data shows that there were even more remigrants in this half-year than a year ago, Latvian Radio reported September 14.
Poetry reading event "Sirds uz perona" (Heart on a Platform), held within the framework of Poetry Days festival, this year had an unprecedented response from the Latvian diaspora. Latvians and friends in fourteen countries took to train stations and elsewhere to read poetry, sing, connect.
This summer, many Latvians living abroad have already visited Latvia, and many are still planning to do so. However, the requirement of self-isolation when arriving in Latvia from the United Kingdom is not the only issue - many have expired travel documents, Latvian Television reported August 27.
Latvian Inese Freiberga, for thirteen years, has brought joy and aesthetic pleasure with her floral bouquets and compositions to the German town of Münster, LSM reported August 9.
New research by a leading academic into Latvia's diaspora community and patterns of emigration and immigration shows that Latvia's diaspora numbers around half a million members, compared to just under two million people living in Latvia itself.
The 2-year trip has ended. Latvian traveler, Kārlis Bardelis, may have become the first person to have crossed the Pacific Ocean alone in a paddle boat, without an engine, sails or an accompanying ship, reported Latvian Television on July 4.
Aija Donika, a professional chef, has opened a bakery in Leicester, England, selling Latvian cakes, Latvian Television reported on June 29.
At the beginning of May, a special store opened its doors in Bavaria, Germany. It is the only shop in Germany that sells exclusively Latvian-produced groceries. The owner, Sandra Balcere, spoke to LSM.lv on May 24 about her business.
The Romantika ferry operated by Tallink arrived in Rīga yesterday evening carrying some 476 Baltic residents from Germany after they were unable to cross into Poland to return to their home country.
Latvians are being repatriated with charter flights from across Europe, but more than 1,000 remain outside the EU. Latvia is cooperating with other member countries to help these citizens return, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs appearing on Latvian Radio March 18.
On the evening of March 16, Poland opened the border with Germany to foreign buses and minibuses with more than seven seats, allowing some Baltic residents to return home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Vietnamese media report that a Latvian national has tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.
Latvian airline airBaltic will be operating additional flights on March 16, before the closure of international passenger traffic on March 17.
Valmiera native Jānis Uzāriņš has returned to Latvia after seven years in England, and regaining the feeling of home along with his family and career makes him feel like a millionaire, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13.
Father of three Armands Džeriņš moved back to Liepāja after 13 years in Ireland to start his own metalworks company in Latvia, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 12.
Kristīne Dambe began her university studies in the United Kingdom in 2006 and eventually had a bright career with the national financial regulator, however after 11 years she decided to get off the island and bring her knowledge and experience back to Latvia, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 11.