Latvia, a disappearing nation
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Latvia, a disappearing nation
Latvia, a disappearing nation

Since it joined the EU, the country has lost one-fifth of its population.

By GORDON F. SANDER 1/5/18, 4:05 AM CET Updated 1/7/18, 11:45 AM CET

RIGA — Atis Sjanits has an unusual remit for an ambassador. The Latvian diplomat is not responsible for relations with another nation — but with his own country’s diaspora.

Sjanits’ job is to respond to the exodus triggered by Latvia’s accession to the EU. Since joining the bloc, nearly a fifth of the nation has left to work in more affluent EU nations: The U.K., Ireland, Germany. (...)

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