Demographic trends call for urgent state action

  • 2006-04-05
  • Interview by Tim Och
It's no secret that all three Baltic states are facing serious demographic problems. Not only is the birth rate lagging behind mortality, but many Balts are leaving their homeland for greener pastures. For those struggling to earn a sufficient living, the European Union's free borders offer new possibilities in the West. In Latvia alone, more than 20,000 people have left since the country joined the EU in 2004 to find better paying jobs abroad, mostly in Ireland and the U.K.. As Ilmars Mezs, head of the International Organization for Migration's Riga office, explains, if the government do...
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