Have your say in University of Latvia survey on diaspora camps and summer high schools

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!

The survey may be completed until 10th August.

The findings of the study will be published on www.diaspora.lu.lv and www.migracija.lv

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.

Centre for Diaspora & Migration Research launches study on collaboration with Latvian scientists worldwide

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.lvIt 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.

19. maijā notiks tiešsaistes seminārs par diasporas jauniešu iespējām studēt Latvijā

Latvijas Republikas Ārlietu ministrija un PBLA aicina piedalīties tiešsaistes seminārā “Diasporai par aktualitātēm Latvijā” 2021. gada 19. maijā pulksten 15.00 (pēc Latvijas laika).

Noslēdzošais seminārs trīs semināru ciklā tiks veltīts diasporas jauniešu izglītības iespējām Latvijā. Tajā piedalīsies Ārlietu ministrijas parlamentārā sekretāre Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica un Izglītības un zinātnes ministrijas parlamentārais sekretārs Reinis Znotiņš. Ministriju pārstāvji informēs par ārvalstu studentu iespējām iegūt izglītību Latvijas augstskolās un valsts nostāju šajā jautājumā. Par studiju iespējām diasporas un ārvalstu studentiem latviešu valodā, kā arī par piedāvātajām mācību programmām un kursiem angļu valodā informēs Latvijas Universitāte, RTU – Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte, Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte (Riga Stradins University) un Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte.

Seminārs norisināsies platformā Zoom.

Iespēja piedalīties diskusijā ir, rakstot uz e-pasta adresi pbla@pbla.lv. Pēc reģistrācijas tiks nosūtīta Zoom saite. Interesenti semināra tiešsaisti varēs vērot Ārlietu ministrijas Facebook un PBLA Facebook kontos.

Jautājumus var iesūtīt iepriekš, rakstot uz e-pasta adresi pbla@pbla.lv.

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