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Union of European Latvians marks its 70th anniversary
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.
Diaspora youth learn Latvian at summer school
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.
Diaspora invited to participate in online seminar
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).
New research on attracting diaspora youth to education in Latvia
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.
Latvia develops diaspora policy plan
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.
Exhibition traces Latvia's long path to United Nations membership
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.
Many citizens return to Latvia during COVID-19 crisis
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.
Latvians around the world unite in poetry at train stations
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.
Latvians in the UK complain about long queues for passports
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 paddles across the Pacific
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.
Germans appreciate Latvian food: Sandra's store and story
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.
About 1,000 Latvians remain outside EU, Rinkēvičs says
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.
Return to Valmiera: Now I'm a millionaire!
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.
Bringing experience with UK financial regulator back to Latvia
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.

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