Latvia, a disappearing nation

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Since it joined the EU, the country has lost one-fifth of its population.

RIGA — Atis Sjanits has an unusual remit for an ambassador.

The Latvian diplomat is not responsible for relations with another nation — but with his own country’s diaspora.

Sjanits’ job is to respond to the exodus triggered by Latvia’s accession to the EU.

Since joining the bloc, nearly a fifth of the nation has left to work in more affluent EU nations: The U.K., Ireland, Germany.

RIGA, LATVIA - MARCH 22: The Freedom Monument honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence from1918 to 1920 is pictured on March 22, 2013 in Riga, Latvia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

RIGA, LATVIA – MARCH 22: The Freedom Monument honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence from1918 to 1920 is pictured on March 22, 2013 in Riga, Latvia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In 2000, Latvia’s population stood at 2.38 million.

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