Top young professionals returning to build Lithuania
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Lithuania became a member of the European Union in 2004, and since that year almost 470,000 people have emigrated from the country. Now, many of the so-called “generation of independence” - the first generation of Lithuanians to be born after the collapse of the Soviet Union – are returning. And, with their degrees from prestigious universities and their experience working in international companies and organisations, they are having a big impact.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis promised that the Lithuanian government would provide greater support for ethnic Lithuanians living in Poland and other neighboring countries as he visited Punsk, a town in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday.
Members of the Lithuanian national minority living in Poland expect to voice their concerns to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis over the education situation, such as a lack of Lithuanian-language textbooks in local schools and proposals that may restrict Lithuanian history and geography classes and support from Lithuania.
Some members of the ruling political group of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party on Tuesday proposed establishing the institute of the Lithuanian passport as an alternative to emigrants who do not have Lithuanian citizenship.