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.



Implemented in 2014, the largest scientific survey of Latvians abroad attracted unprecedented attention — 14,068 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 overwhelming, 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, accompanied by several external experts, conducted 187 in-depth interviews and 3 focus-group discussions during the course of the project.

We express our deepest gratitude to the thousands of participants in our survey! That is why we decided to share a limited amount of carefully prepared preliminary results with national media in Latvia in January 2015.

The project researchers produced a number of scientific articles with focus on different aspects of Latvian diaspora, including a collective monograph in Latvian and collection of articles in English. 


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 

Administrative group:

  • Alda Ramāne
  • Aleksandrs Aleksandrovs


Project profile

Full title

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

Agreement number



January 2014 – August 2015


The total amount of EUR 492,049 is jointly funded by:

  • European social fund
  • The Republic of Latvia
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia
  • University of Latvia


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

Scientific director

Inta Mieriņa, Dr. sc. soc.

Administrative director

Alda Ramāne 

Mailing address

Sociology department
Kalpaka boulevard 4 - 325,
Riga, LV-1050






Added: 07.09.2015     Last changes: 02.01.2016
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