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About 6% of Lithuanians Plan to Emigrate Soon, Poll Shows

August 06, 2012

Some 6 percent of Lithuanians plan to emigrate in the near future, according to a survey by Spinter Tyrimai for online news service Delfi.

Another 35 percent of adults are contemplating leaving the country, Delfi said on its website.

The poll, conducted from June 15 to June 22 among 1,008 adults, had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

At 23.7 people per 1,000, Lithuania’s emigration rate is the European Union’s highest, according to Eurostat. About 53,900 Lithuanians emigrated in 2011, while 15,700 returned, the statistics office in Vilnius said on March 23. Eighty-two percent of the emigrants were unemployed for a year or more before leaving, it said.

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