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A country on the move – migration and demographic crisis in Latvia

  • Since regaining independence in 1991, Latvia has suffered massive population loss. At that time, the country had roughly 2.7 million inhabitants. Today, officials count almost 2 million. Between the censuses in 1989 and 2011, this decline was approximately 600,000 people, representing 22.5% of the population. This is by far the highest value in Europe. Latvia’s shrinking population is a result of the interplay between natural and spatial population movements. Latvia is facing a persistent demographic crisis with problems such as fertility decline, ageing, out-migration, brain drain and regional polarization.

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Professur für Geographische Migrations- und Transformationsforschung
Author:Daniel Göler
Place of publication:Bamberg
Year of publication:2018
Pages / Size:1 pdf-Datei (2 S.)
Year of first publication:2015
Source/Other editions:Ursprünglich in: Baltic Rim Economies Review : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland ; bimonthly review 12 (2015), 3, S. 42 - 43
SWD-Keyword:Lettland ; Migration ; Bevölkerungsrückgang
Keywords:Demographic Crisis; Latvia; Migration
DDC-Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 91 Geografie, Reisen / 910 Geografie, Reisen
RVK-Classification:RQ 22594
Document Type:Variety of texts
Publishing Institution:Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Release Date:2018/07/30