A total of 14,450 residents of Latvia moved abroad permanently last year, according to data compiled by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Pilsonības un migrācijas lietu pārvalde, or PMLP).
More than half of those, the office reported in a March 8 press release, moved to Great Britain and Ireland.
In all, a total of 72,292 former residents of Latvia now list their permanent residence abroad, according to the PMLP. However, the total number of residents who have moved abroad is much greater. According to the 2011 census, some 190,000 people have left Latvia since 2000.
The PMLP press release noted that some Latvian residents have chosen to move to “exotic” locations, such as Macedonia, Ghana, Jordan and Iraq.
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