Despite Latvia having more vacancies than people to fill them, there are several barriers that keep citizens from returning from abroad and entering the workforce. State institutions, employers, vacancy sites, as well as family and friends residing in Latvia need to work together to change the mindset and carry this news abroad, according to Latvian Radio.
The Latvian Institute, the government-backed agency responsible for promoting Latvia's name internationally, has launched a new feature on its website to keep track of the many Latvia-related events happening all around the world.
Latvian product tanker Ance was attacked on September 16, while at anchor off the west African coast, the Maritime and Crimean Shipping News portal reported.
Latvian nationals residing abroad will also in future be able to indicate their official address in Latvia in addition to their home address according to the first reading of amendments to the Law on Declaration of Place of Residence, approved by the Saeima on Thursday, September 12.
The Latvian sailor, detained with the rest of the ship's crew as Iran seized the British tanker Stena Impero, has been allowed to contact his immediate family.
The Latvian Language Agency (LVA) is accepting applications for the 2019./2020 intake of pupils for the Latvian language distance learning course on lva.classflow.lv. The course is meant for diaspora children aged 7–8.
On 14 June 2019, the former Deputy of the Saeima Vaira Paegle died in her home in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, according to her daughter Laila's statement on “Facebook”.
For ten years now, American stores have been selling rye-bread prepared according to a Latvian recipe. The bread is baked in a bakery shop located in Brooklyn, New York. It was introduced to the bakery by a Latvian-born professor at the University of Maryland, Jānis Melngailis. Latvian Television caught up with him at “Rodman's”, a chain store situated on the outskirts of Washington.
The second European Latvian Cultural Festival (ELKS) will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 13 June to 16 June, organizers have confirmed. The event brings together artistic groups from all over Europe and beyond, with seventeen different countries set to be represented.
April 11 saw the release of new research on a subject regarded as one of the most important in determining the form of Latvia's future: the diaspora.
With World War II refugees as his parents - a father from Latvia and a mother from Poland - American citizen Albert Zulps grew up in Canada. He works as an architect for Skanska, a multinational construction company. In 2019 Albert visited Latvia for the first time, determined to explore his roots while a guest lecturer at Rīga Technical University.
On 2 April 2019, the Latvian Cabinet approved the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2019 drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plan sets out Latvia’s Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020.
The Latvian Association in Scotland is holding the first-ever get-together in Edinburgh on April 5-7.
A new "Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora" has been appointed, with a brief to communicate with Latvia's large overseas population - and perhaps persuade a few to return home into the bargain.
Latvian stands have proven to be very popular at traditional Christmas markets in Germany this winter, reports Latvian Radio.
The Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee on October 20 reached agreement on a definition of what constitutes Latvia's "diaspora" to be included in the Diaspora Law.
From 26 through 28 September 2018 the annual Board of the World Federation of Free Latvians convenes in Rīga for its annual meeting.
In April 2016, 19,993 Latvian nationals were living in Ireland, according to the latest data by the Irish statistical office on foreigners living in Ireland.
September 15 will see Latvian Television (LTV) broadcasting the first ever live election debate to be held in the United Kingdom involving the parties fighting for seats in the 13th Saeima elections to be held on October 6.
A journalist is claiming that Latvia's Foreign Ministry was unhelpful when she was trying to write stories about its embassies, in stark contrast to its official pronouncements on the importance of a free press and critical thinking.
The pilot project intended to promote remigration had brought 64 families back to Latvia by the end of July, Varis Putnins, a representative of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, said at a meeting of the Vidzeme planning region’s development council on August 30.
French gendarmes have stopped climbers from Latvia from taking a Latvian national flag complete with a large pole to the top of Mont Blanc, The Times reported August 13.
Members of Latvia's worldwide diaspora - some of them several generations removed from their ancestral homeland - are getting in touch with their roots at an intensive summer school in Rīga, reports Latvian Radio.
A two-day conference is underway in the northern Latvian city of Valmiera that aims to bring together the entrepreneurial skills of Latvia's diaspora around the world.
In the past three months since the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry established the network of remigration coordinators, 20 families have already returned to Latvia, the ministry’s representative Kaspars Rūklis told LETA June 25.
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign on June 8 announced its third call for project proposals in support of the diaspora in 2018.
The Latvian parliament on May 24 endorsed the Diaspora Bill, which has been drawn up in order to help the Latvians residing in foreign countries strengthen their Latvian identity and sense of belonging to Latvia and maintain active and mutual cooperation with their native county.
The Latvia Works (Latvija strādā) initiative aims to return at least 1,000 Latvian expats home, luring them with available work, organizers told the press May 15.
Latvia's Embassy in France is exploring the possibility for the reburial of important early Latvian statesman Miķelis Valters, who died in France's Nice in 1968, reports Latvian Radio.
Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, sentenced to a prison term in Latvia for involvement the 2009 riots in Riga Old Town, was beaten up by jail wardens in Czech Republic where he was arrested last year, Bērziņš’ lawyer Janis Mucenieks said.