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The recent hikes in the minimum wage have also upped the compulsory health insurance (PSD) instalments that people who do not work in Lithuania must pay themselves if they wish to be covered.

Lithuanian expatriates who are out of the country for more than six months and have not officially declared their departure have a growing unpaid debt.

The PSD depends on the minimum monthly wage, which has been increased to €380 per month, so monthly PSD instalments have increased to €34.2 or 9% of the minimum wage.

Emigrants must declare their departure if they spend at least six months abroad, says DNB Chief Economist for the Baltic countries Jekaterina Rojaka.

“During the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, emigration went up by 6.5%, while immigration has dropped by 3.2%. Apparently, uncertainty after the Brexit referendum made Lithuanian nationals to declare their departure, as the possibility of migration to the United Kingdom in the future could be severely limited,” said Rojaka.

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