Emigrant Communities of Latvia
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Why this project?

The overall aim of the research project is to obtain comprehensive information on people who have left Latvia in the recent decades and on Latvian diaspora in general.

Inta Mieriņa, the project scientific director, notes:

«This is the largest and most ambitious survey of this kind conducted by scientists in Latvia trying to get a more complete picture of Latvians living abroad. Together with other project activities, the survey will provide an invaluable contribution to the scientific study of the preservation of national identity and culture in emigration, labour mobility, economics of education, politics of re-emigration and diaspora at the national and municipality level, as well as other topics; it will also enrich the public’s knowledge and understanding of the Latvian people — our contemporaries in the whole wide World.»

The project will produce detailed profiles of Latvian emigrant communities in main destination countries and substantially improve understanding of emigration trends, emigrant’s everyday life, their needs, hopes and future plans.

In our work, we combine qualitative methods (190 in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) and a large-scale quantitative survey with longitudinal-ready design.



By October 2014, the largest scientific survey of Latvians abroad attracted unprecedented attention14,068 respondents from 118 countries shared their experience and opinions in the large-scale survey of Latvians living abroad launched by researchers at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology and the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Latvia.

The activity level of Latvians currently or partly residing abroad was unprecedented, and the group of researchers currently performs in-depth analysis of the unique data.

The team of researchers who base their work on qualitative methodologies, accomanied by several external experts, conducted 170 in-depth interviews and focus-groups by early spring 2015. 

We plan to offer the international scientific community our first publications in late spring of 2015.

At the same time, to express our deepest gratitude to the thousands of participants in our survey, we decided to share a limited amount of carefully prepared preliminary results with national media in Latvia in January 2015. 


Our team

  • Inta Mieriņa, Dr. sc. soc., CV
  • Mihails Hazans, Dr. Math.
  • Mārtiņš Kaprāns, Dr. sc. comm.
  • Laura Sūna, Dr. phil.
  • Ilze Koroļeva, Dr. sc. soc.
  • Evija Kļave, Dr. sc. soc.
  • Inese Šūpule, Dr. sc. soc.
  • Rita Kaša, Ph. D.
  • Daiga Kamerāde-Hanta, Ph. D.
  • Māris Goldmanis, Ph. D.
  • Aivars Tabuns, Dr. sc. soc.

We established cooperation with external experts on various specific aspects of diaspora:

  • Ieva Kārkliņa, Dr. sc. soc.
  • Jānis Buholcs, Dr. sc. comm.
  • Andris Saulītis
  • Iveta Jurkāne-Hobein
  • Iveta Bebriša 


Project profile

Full title

The Emigrant Communities of Latvia: National Identity, Transnational Relations, and Diaspora Politics


European Social Fund, The Republic of Latvia, Institute of Philosphy and Sociology, University of Latvia

Agreement number



January 2014 – August 2015

Total funding amount

EUR 492,049


  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (leading partner)
  • University of Latvia 

Scientific director

Dr. sc. soc. Inta Mieriņa (CV)

Administrative director

Alda Ramāne 

Mailing address

Kalpaka boulevard 4 - 325,
Riga, LV-1050






Added: 21.03.2015     Last changes: 14.07.2015
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