Call for Estonian expats to return

  • 2007-09-25
  • From wire reports

NEW YORK - President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has urged expatriate Estonians to think about returning to Estonia at a meeting in New York.

"Thank you for keeping the Estonian spirit alive here, but you should know that Estonia has made progress and is waiting for you," Ilves said at a reception hosted by the Estonian Educational Society.

"Estonia is no longer a poor country but has grown at a fast pace and I would like to encourage you to come to Estonia to see it all," the president said.

"We have come so far that people here could start thinking: my income in the United States might be a bit bigger than in Estonia, but Estonia is the place where it is possible to have my children taught in Estonian, eat Estonian bread and lead an Estonian life," he added.