Lithuania should better inform emigrant about return possibilities - President
Lithuania's government and ambassadors should be more efficient in provision of information emigrants about their possibilities to return, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said at a Monday's meeting with heads of the country's diplomatic missions abroad.
"It is crucial for not only the embassies but also the government in Lithuania to speed up the centralization of provision of the information," Grybauskaitė told journalists at the President's Office.
"There are many scattered institutions trying to assist those returning to Lithuania, however, the information is scattered, there are too few people and we should not just give the information but also later help the returnees to find jobs and kindergartens," she added.
Grybauskaitė said that the country's diplomatic missions abroad should do more than just provide formal consular services – they should consolidate the relations of the Lithuanian people with their home country.
About 50,000 people emigrated from Lithuania in 2016 alone.
Lithuania's population declined from 3.7 million people in 1990 to 2.8 million people this year due to emigration and negative population turnover.