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2019.12.10 11:00

Positive net migration reported in Lithuania in November

BNS2019.12.10 11:00

Migration figures decreased in Lithuania in November, with fewer people coming and leaving than over the previous months, according to Statistics Lithuania.

Last month, 3,780 people arrived in Lithuania, more than half (1,986) of them Lithuanian citizens. Slightly fewer, 3,057 people, left the country, (including 2,176 who are Lithuanian nationals), keeping net migration in the positive.

The November figures were the smallest since March. Over 4,000 people left and arrived in the country every month since April.

Since the start of this year, 45,514 people immigrated to Lithuania, up by 18,810 or 1.7 times compared to last year.

Out-migration totaled 37,474 people, up by 7,151 or 23.6 percent from last year. Most of the people, 83.2 percent, were Lithuanian citizens.

Lithuania lost nearly 3,300 people to emigration last year, the lowest number since the country joined the European Union in 2004.

Over the last two decades, Lithuania's population has contracted by almost a fifth, from 3.5 million to 2.8 million.

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