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E.g., 06/24/2019

Country Resource - Latvia

Latvia

LV
  • Population......................................................................1,923,559 (July 2018 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................-1.1% (2018 est.)
  • Birth rate.....................................................9.6 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
  • Death rate................................................14.5 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................-6.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.......Latvian 62%, Russian 25.4%, Belarusian 3.3%, Ukrainian 2.2%, Polish 2.1%, Lithuanian 1.2%, other 3.8% (2017 est.)

CIA World Factbook

Although this former Soviet republic joined the European Union in 2004, its main concern is its large ethnic Russian population. Tim Heleniak of the University of Maryland explains.

Recent Activity

Flags from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on display

Faced with high emigration rates and shrinking, aging populations, the Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are exploring different ways to lure back nationals who have emigrated and establish or solidify ties with members of the diaspora. Of the three countries, Estonia is proving the most successful, while Latvia appears to be ignoring the looming demographic crisis and lacks an immigration plan.

Although this former Soviet republic joined the European Union in 2004, its main concern is its large ethnic Russian population. Tim Heleniak of the University of Maryland explains.