Norway's Ambassador Leif Arne Ulland: Lithuanians in Norway are valued as skilled workers
the Lithuania Tribune
Thursday, July 31, 2014
There are some 50,000 Lithuanians living in Norway. While the media is quick to cover crimes and criminal gang activity, giving Lithuanian expatriates a bad name in both their adopted and home countries, Ambassador of Norway Leif Arne Ulland says most of them have managed to integrate quite well and are contributing to the country's welfare.
Amendments to Lithuania's Law on Citizenship will be submitted to the parliament for approval, but the wording may be changed in the course of debates by scrapping the Mar. 11, 1990 dividing line, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, said on Wednesday.
“South Africa is more Litvak than Lithuania itself,” Markas Zingeris, the Lithuanian playwright and novelist once remarked. And, as one of very few members of Lithuania’s Jewish community to remain in the country, he would know. The vast majority of Lithuanian Jews have found good reason to leave at one time or another in history, whether it was unrest in Europe between 1868 and 1914, or the economic hardship that characterised the period from Lithuania’s independence in 1918 until June 1940 when the Soviet army took control. It was during this time that thousands of Lithuanians came to South Africa in droves, in search of a more peaceful life. And it is here where many have remained.
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, sees amendments to the Law on Citizenship as the only possible way of broadening dual citizenship and expects that the Constitutional Court will approve of the move.