Lithuania -Youth perspectives and brain drain -February 26, 2013

Data from the Statistics Department reveal that the country’s official unemployment rate has fallen from 15.3% in 2011 to 13.2% in 2012. This is still above the EU average and the true figure is thought to be much higher as many people prefer to engage in seasonal work abroad instead of registering unemployed at home. With a population of around 3 million people, the country has a large and growing migrant worker population in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and other European countries. The academic community is hoping that reforms will bring about changes in the style of decision-making. So far the concept of ‘social dialogue’ in Lithuania is often more of a monologue where stakeholders are informed about decisions that have already been made.

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