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Restrictions caused by the pandemic have sped up digitalisation processes worldwide and have led to companies and institutions wholly or partly shifting to remote working. Migration researchers at the University of Latvia launched a study with the aim to identify incentives that the government can utilise for Latvia to become a choice for remote working for members of the diaspora and return migrants, as well as to evaluate the main obstacles and necessary adjustments that need to be made to taxation, social support, labour market regulation and in other areas.


Youth who are 16–30 years old, as well as parents whose children have participated or could possibly participate in camps and summer high schools for diaspora children and youth are invited to fill out the survey.


April 7 at 17:00 we invite you to participate in Daina Grosa's seminar «Educational reintegration and the psychosocial wellbeing of returnee children: evidence from Latvia».


From 7th December 2020 to 7th January 2021 the University of Latvia, in collaboration with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is conducting a survey with the aim to identify the travel habits of Latvian nationals and their descendants when travelling to Latvia. The other aim is to analyse usage trends of tourist services before Covid-19 travel restrictions and also during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The University of Latvia Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research is carrying out a study on how people who live outside Latvia make decisions about their personal and their children’s education - how they choose where to study, and whether they see Latvia as a potential destination for studies. Researchers invite youth of Latvian descent who live in different countries and are studying or consider doing it, as well as parents of children aged 10 to 25, to participate in this research.


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.



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.

In our series of policy recommendations we offer conscise take-aways from the most recent migration research

In our series of policy recommendations we offer conscise take-aways from the most recent migration research

This research explores attitudes towards immigration in Latvian society and uses experimental approach to identify factors that …

A number of previous studies have looked at different aspects of emigration from Latvia and return migration to Latvia. However, this …

In this article, the awareness of belonging of Latvian emigrants is analysed and the factors that influence changes in sense of …

The basis for a strong diaspora community is its cohesion and constant contact between its members through participation in diaspora …


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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