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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.


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.



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.

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 …

This article puts into context the situation in the Latvian diaspora, outlining sociolinguistic theories regarding language, contact …

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 …


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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