Prime Minister’s thanks to the diaspora for maintaining ties with Lithuania


2019 03 05


As part of his visit to Dublin, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis had a meeting with the Lithuanian community in Ireland and the leaders of the Lithuanian organisations in Ireland to discuss issues of relevance for the diaspora.

The Prime Minister thanked the community for promoting the Lithuanian identity, the activities in this regard and the initiatives to maintain ties with Lithuania. The Prime Minister presented the measures taken by the Government to support the return of the emigrants.

‘My goal is to listen to you, hear your needs and expectations, as well as to present Lithuania’s situation and progress, the effected changes that have been truly essential. They have led to the fact that today Lithuania has every opportunity for us all to work, earn money, live a good social life in safety. Thus, given your roots have not gone deep here, I would definitely invite you to come back home. Particularly so, as the development trends have been very encouraging: In 2018, for the first time after a very long pause, there has been a breakthrough in people returning home from emigration. I very much hope that this trend will not only continue but it will become ever stronger’, said the Prime Minister.

The meeting primarily focused on the upcoming Brexit and the relevant information in this regard, i.e. what is in store for the returning families in terms of employment, education, social and other opportunities in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian education abroad and support for this area was also among the items for discussion. At the initiative of the Lithuanian Embassy in Ireland, since September 2018, three general education schools in Ireland (Bremore, Dublin, Monaghan) have introduced the subject of the Lithuanian language as an inherited language into the curriculum. Lithuania is grateful to the Irish Government for the thoughtfulness.

The Prime Minister pointed out the importance of the referendum on the preservation of citizenship in May. The Government explicitly advocates the right of the Lithuanian citizens to preserve the Lithuanian citizenship. It is Lithuanian state’s gesture and attitude towards our countrymen living abroad.

The Prime Minister extended gratitude and awards to the Lithuanian organisations.