Lithuania’s demographic crisis needs to be tackled now, say economists

Demographics will soon be the biggest problem facing Lithuanian society and industry, leading economists have warned, urging Lithuanian politicians to address the massive emigration that has been draining the Lithuanian population for over a decade now.
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