No way to raise a child

Here’s a new angle on the story about challenges faced by Western-born Latvians returning to their ancestral homeland: the locals don’t think much of the new immigrants’ child-rearing practices.

Writing in the Oct. 31 edition of Toronto’s Globe and Mail, journalist Jane Armstrong describes some of the run-ins three women from the West have faced since moving to Latvia.

The article features Dace Runģis and Laima Dimiševskis, both originally from Canada, and Marianna Auliciema, who hails from Australia but was born in Canada. (Among her activities, Auliciema heads up the excellent DP albums online documentary project.)

“They’re part of a wave of young people, more than 5,000 since 1995, who are returning to Latvia to put down permanent roots, a migration being supported by the government to counter a troubling outflow of Latvians who have fled for brighter futures elsewhere,” Armstrong writes.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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