Fake IDs in American colleges take Latvian Students by surprise
Many Latvian youngsters who go to study to USA are surprised to face unexpected problem, a legal drinking age of 21 years vs 18 in Latvia. College years are traditionally a time for drinking and partying, in every country of the world. So what young people do in this situation? They buy fake identification documents online! For most students in America, fake IDs is a rite of passage, same as initiation to fraternity or sorority, but obtaining and using forged document can have serious legal consequences. Even being aware of potential troubles with the law, underage people still go online to King Of Fakes website, where they can obtain a ready, real looking fake ID. This is an alarming social issue that requires serious consideration.
Restrictions caused by the pandemic have sped up digitalisation processes worldwide and have led to companies and institutions wholly or partly shifting to remote working. Migration researchers at the University of Latvia launched a study with the aim to identify incentives that the government can utilise for Latvia to become a choice for remote working for members of the diaspora and return migrants, as well as to evaluate the main obstacles and necessary adjustments that need to be made to taxation, social support, labour market regulation and in other areas.
As the labour market is transformed, opportunities to make amendments to relevant legislation will help to include in the Latvian labour market those people who are working abroad, or the nature of whose work permits remote working, or, alternatively, promote return migration to Latvia, retaining employment abroad.
Within the scope of the study, commenced in June this year, we have already conducted in-depth interviews and have now launched a survey.
We invite the following people to complete the survey:
those of you who live abroad and return migrants who already work remotely or from home (regardless, in which country) OR
those of you whose work would allow them to work remotely either wholly or in part, without being restricted to a specific place.
Are you are in any of these categories? We would be grateful if you would be willing to spend approximately 15 minutes of your time to take part in this study.
The survey may be completed in either Latvian, English or Russian.
We hope this will allow us all to gain valuable information and will assist companies and institutions in Latvia in adapting to the transformation of the labour market in a timely manner, making it easier to work remotely – across borders.
The research project is implemented by the University of Latvia with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.
One of the most effective ways to maintain the Latvian language and identity in the younger generation who live outside Latvia is via children’s and youth camps summer high schools. Children and youth who attend diaspora camps are happy to get involved in activities where their use of the Latvian language is encouraged, and an understanding of their ancestors’ homeland is enhanced.
Despite the choice of diaspora camps being very limited this year due to Covid-19, the Diaspora and Migration Research Centre at the University of Latvia, commissioned by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched a survey with the aim to find out how camps for children and youth of Latvian descent or Latvian nationals who are living outside Latvia are rated and ways to improve how they are run and operate.
Youth who are 16-30 years old, as well as parents whose children have participated or could possibly participate in camps and summer high schools for diaspora children and youth are invited to fill out the survey.
The survey can be filled out in Latvian or English.
If you are a YOUTH, aged 16-30, please use this link to complete the survey!
If you are a PARENT (have children aged 5-18), please use this link to complete the survey!
Researchers at the Diaspora and Migration Research Centre, University of Latvia
Daina Gross is editor of Latvians Online. An Australian-Latvian she is also a migration researcher at the University of Latvia, PhD candidate, formerly a member of the board of the World Federation of Free Latvians, an author and translator into English of various books on industrial history in Latvia.
Surveys of researchers in 2017 and 2018 of Latvian origin living abroad conducted by the University of Latvia (UL) Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research show a steadfast interest in engaging in research activities in Latvia (diaspora.lu.lv). At the same time, there is a lack of instruments at the national level for promoting collaboration between scientists in Latvia and abroad. Therefore, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia (MES) is working on networking solutions for scientists.
Currently, the Latvian National Research Information System (sciencelatvia.lv) includes information on Latvian researchers and their activities, but it lacks information on scientists of Latvian origin living abroad. To make it easier for scientists in Latvia and abroad to find out about collaboration opportunities and find each other – to identify similar research interests and areas – the Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research of the University of Latvia is conducting this research on behalf of MES.
This study includes a survey of scientists with links to Latvia living and/or working abroad to learn about their interest in being included in the Latvian National Scientific Activity Information System database. All scientists of Latvian origin living abroad who are carrying out research in the public, private or non-governmental sector, including studying for a doctorate or master’s degree, are invited to participate in the survey. The survey will be open until 25 June 2021 and can be accessed at https://aptauja.migracija.lv. It can be completed in Latvian or English.
The aim of the previously mentioned research is also to deepen the understanding of the opinion of Latvian scientists working in Latvia and other countries on mutual collaboration. Therefore, in addition to the survey of diaspora scientists, the study also includes focus group interviews with researchers from various disciplines working in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Scandinavian countries. These focus groups aim to gain a better understanding of the potential of specific collaboration solutions with partners in Latvia. To find out the views of Latvian researchers and organizations, the study includes a survey of Latvian scientific institutions and in-depth interviews with researchers in Latvia about their experience and vision for collaboration with Latvian researchers abroad.
The report based on the findings of the study will be available this autumn and will include an overview of how Latvian scientists abroad and colleagues in Latvia see solutions for mutual collaboration. The report will also include specific recommendations to foster collaboration and networking. The data controller for survey data generated in this research will be the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Latvia.
Inta Mieriņa ir projekta "Labklājība un integrācija migrācijas kontekstā" zinātniskā vadītāja, ieguvusi socioloģijas doktora grādu Latvijas Universitātes Sociālo Zinātņu fakultātē.