aA
Lithuania registered a positive migration balance for the fourth successive month in May as more people came into the country than left, with economists pointing to rising wages and facilitated immigration processes as determining factors.
Kaunas Airport
Kaunas Airport
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

The latest figures from the statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, show 4,472 people came to Lithuania and 3,177 left the country last month. 58 percent, or almost two thirds, of those who came were Lithuanian citizens, with citizens also making the majority, 83 percent, of those who left.

A positive migration balance of over 1,000 was registered in April too.

Tomas Siaudvytis, a senior economist at the central Bank of Lithuania, told BNS Lithuania the increase in the number of returning Lithuanians might have been determined by good conditions in Lithuania's labor market as it's easier for people to find a job, and wages are also rising fast.

According to the expert, the immigration of foreigners is determined by a considerable lack of workers and the recent changes in Lithuania's immigration policy as immigration procedures have been facilitated for some people and businesses.

In the first five months of this year, 18,893 people immigrated to Lithuania and 15,995 people emigrated.

Siaudvytis says it's hard to estimate how this tendency will develop further as it is affected by economic developments and less predictable political decisions.

"Immigration is determined by political-administrative decisions, let's say, the facilitation of immigration procedures or even a Brexit deal," the economist said. "In any case, the mentioned positive changes in the migration area at least for now do not affect the key assessments of the demographic shock, labor shortages etc. that are ahead of Lithuania."

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

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

School graduation exams planned in late June

School graduation exams are planned for late June, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.

Lithuanian scientists created tool for predictions of coronavirus spread

The number of infected people in Lithuania could exceed 3,000, while the spread of the virus will only...

Police fine 187 people for flouting lockdown rules

The Lithuanian police received 305 reports of quarantine violations over the past 24 hours and drew...

955 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday morning Lithuania have recorded 955 COVID-19 cases in the country since the outbreak of...

Residents ordered to wear facemasks in public flouters face fines

It will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public in Lithuania as of Friday, the country's government...

Top news

School graduation exams planned in late June

School graduation exams are planned for late June, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says.

Lithuanian scientists created tool for predictions of coronavirus spread

The number of infected people in Lithuania could exceed 3,000, while the spread of the virus will only...

Checks of foreign truck drivers tightened

Lithuania has further tightened checks of foreign truck drivers and, starting from Thursday, will...

955 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday morning Lithuania have recorded 955 COVID-19 cases in the country since the outbreak of...

Police fine 187 people for flouting lockdown rules

The Lithuanian police received 305 reports of quarantine violations over the past 24 hours and drew...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina