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[ 11.05.2015 ] - Dr. Inta Mieriņa to speak at conference «How to Improve Intra-European Mobility and Circular Migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement»

RIGA — Dr. Mieriņa, the scientific director of a large-scale research project «Immigrant Communities of Latvia», will be speaking at the conference «How to Improve Intra-European Mobility and Circular Migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement» hosted by Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The panel discussion IV — Return migration and working with diaspora communities: what advice to Latvia and others? — will take place on May 12 at 9:30 to 11:30 AM.

The aim of the conference is to examine the macro-economic and fiscal effects of intra-EU labour migration after 2004, and to look at existing legal, social, cultural and cognitive impediments to greater mobility of people. The conference’s ambition is to establish a set of policy recommendations for more integrated and better functioning internal market for labour, including maximizing the utility of diaspora communities, to be forwarded to the EU’s decision-makers.

The Panet IV will focus on sharing Member States' experiences in fostering return migration and working with diaspora communities. If Latvia and other sending countries are to move from middle-income level countries to high income countries (with higher levels of innovation, higher value added exports, etc.), they will need to boost productivity very significantly. One potential source for high-qualified, educated, experienced workers are oversees’ diaspora communities, which may have not only economic but also sentimental reasons to return and contribute to the economy. What are the lessons learned and 'success stories' from the Member States which have been able to re-attract their compatriots?

The conference programme is available here (pdf).

Please visit the official site of Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU for detailed information about the event.


The overall aim of research project «The Emigrant Communities of Latvia: National Identity, Transnational Relations, and Diaspora Politics» is to obtain comprehensive information on people who have left Latvia in the recent decades and on Latvian diaspora in general. 

The project is co-funded by European Social Fund (agreement No. 2013/0055/1DP/




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