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[ 06.08.2014 ] - Largest survey of Latvians abroad begins!

A large-scale survey of Latvians living abroad has been launched by researchers of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology and the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia. The aim of the survey is to obtain comprehensive information on people who that have left Latvia in the recent decades and on Latvian diaspora in general.

Every Latvian currently residing — or partly residing — abroad is invited to participate in the survey.

The questionnaire is available online on

Currently it is available in Latvian, English and Russian.

The survey asks about history of emigration, satisfaction with life, employment and education, relations with the Latvian and the host community, and other aspects of living abroad. For busy respondents it is possible to fill in a shorter version of the questionnaire.

The survey takes place from 4th of August till 15th of October.

This survey is part of a larger research project The emigrant communities of Latvia: National identity, transnational relations and diaspora politics.

The principal investigator of the project Inta Mieriņa notes:

«This is the largest and most ambitious survey of this kind conducted by scientists in Latvia trying to get a more complete picture of Latvians living abroad. Together with other project activities, the survey will provide an invaluable contribution to the scientific study of the preservation of national identity and culture in emigration, labour mobility, economics of education, politics of re-emigration and diaspora at the national and municipality level, as well as other topics; it will also enrich the public's knowledge and understanding of the Latvian people — our contemporaries in the whole wide world.»

The project is financially supported by the European Social Fund. The interdisciplinary research team includes sociologists, economists, political scientists and researchers of communication. Organizational and practical support is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, the World Free Latvian Association and other non-governmental organisations.

Informational support is also provided by, the largest Latvian websites (Delfi, Inbox, Tvnet), diaspora media, as well as many active and enthusiastic compatriots abroad.


The project is financially supported by the European Social Fund (agreement Nr. 2013/0055/1DP/



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