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Language skills and usage play a central role in the diaspora to maintain ties with Latvia and strengthen Latvian identity. Studies to date have shown that living abroad, especially in famiies of mixed ethnic origin, children of Latvian nationals assimilate very quickly. With your help researchers hope to establish the attitude of parents to the Latvian language and its use in the family and why and how Latvian language is maintained and strengthened among children.


Central and Eastern Europe must address a new phenomenon: it is now a place of immigration. How is the region responding? Watch the discussion webcast hosted by the LSE IDEAS.


Interview with the project «Well-being, integration and liquid migration» director.


The team of researchers from the University of Latvia express their gratitude to everyone who participated in the survey!


The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Latvia (LU FSI) has launched a new survey, funded by the Fundamental and Applied Research Programme (FLPP). Aimed at Latvian nationals and emigrés living outside Latvia, as well as those who have returned or moved to Latvia. The project, titled «Well-being and Integration in the Context of Migration» is the second wave of a survey that was conducted by the Institute 5 years ago, titled «The Emigrant Communities of Latvia». This interview with lead researcher of this project, Director of the Diaspora and Migration Research Centre (LU DMPC), Dr. Inta Mieriņa will reveal more about the research.


Migration researchers at the University of Latvia have launched the largest migration-themed survey, inviting those who currently live outside Latvia either permanently or semi-permanently to participate, as well as those who have moved or returned to Latvia, having lived or worked outside Latvia. This survey is the second of its kind to be launched in Latvia.


This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and — in the case of return migration — re-integration in their home country.


New research project launched by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology University of Latvia aims to provide in-depth analysis of (re)migrants’ well-being, general health and integration. Special attention will be paid to the various migration forms, which is often called liquid migration.



This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of …


We continuously work at new scientific and popular publications. Find more about many of them in this section.

Transnational migrants refuse to commit themselves to one national setting. Thus, the national social security administrations face a …

The Baltic countries, which experienced intensive outflow of labor during the first 5 years after joining the EU, also provide an …

The study challenges the accustomed views of the migration process, calling for the revision of our understanding of what it means to …

By moving, a person loses at least some of their social contacts, causing not just psychological distress and anxiety, but also loss of …

The last decade has seen a notable increase in support for far right parties and an alarming rise of right‐wing extremism across …


Our research is project based. Here is conscise information on the projects that made our work possible.

Well-being, integration and liquid migration

Exploring Well-Being and Social Integration in the Context of Liquid Migration: A Longitudinal Approach

Civic participation of Latvians living in Europe

Co-operation project between Institute of Philosophy and Sociology and the Union of European Latvians.

Emigrant Communities of Latvia

National Identity, Transnational Relations, and Diaspora Politics

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