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Economic reasons main driver behind emigration from Lithuania

BC, Vilnius, 12.03.2018.Print version
Economic reasons are the main driver behind emigration from Lithuania, shows a survey carried out for the Kaunas University of Technology's Institute of Europe, reports LETA/BNS.

Asked to specify the reason with the biggest effect on emigration, 65.2% referred to economic reasons.

According to the survey by Vilmorus pollster, 40.9% of respondents said emigration was largely triggered by the feeling of social insecurity and lack of justice, 30% pointed to better career opportunities and 14.6% to family matters.

Vygaudas Usackas, former diplomat who heads the KTU Institute of Europe, told a Vilnius news conference on Monday that reduced employment taxes and high-value jobs could have a short-term impact on comeback of emigrants, adding that a consistent support to families that would address demographic problems could be a long-term solution.

In his words, the possibility to attract people with high qualifications is one of the key arguments that persuade foreign investors to invest in Lithuania.

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