LFGU spurs par­ties to sign em­i­gra­tion agree­ment

The Baltic Times - - Q&A - BNS/TBT Staff

The largest par­lia­men­tary Lithua­nian Farm­ers and Greens Union will seek that the agree­ment to curb em­i­gra­tion is signed by both po­lit­i­cal par­ties and pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions and as­so­ci­ated struc­tures. “The pro­posal is to de­velop a na­tional agree­ment, it would be signed on mi­gra­tion and de­mo­graphic poli­cies, this would not be an agree­ment among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, but an agree­ment signed among po­lit­i­cal par­ties and pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions and ev­ery­one who find the prob­lems im­por­tant,” Ram nas Kar­bauskis, the leader of LFGU po­lit­i­cal group, told a news con­fer­ence at the par­lia­ment on Tues­day, March 28. Last week, Sta­tis­tics Lithua­nia said that over 50,000 peo­ple em­i­grated from Lithua­nia last year, in ad­di­tion to nearly 14,000 in the first two months of 2017. Ex­perts say the main driv­ers be­hind em­i­gra­tion in­clude mod­er­ate wages, and in part, so­cial in­equal­ity.

Five pre-trial in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the on­line game Blue Whale, that leads teenagers to com­mit sui­cide, have been launched in Lithua­nia over the past two weeks. Ramū­nas Ma­to­nis, spokesman for the Po­lice De­part­ment, said the probes were opened in Aly­tus, Ši­lalė, Utena and Ra­seiniai. In his words, the po­lice have no data about cases of deaths re­sult­ing from the game; how­ever, there have been cases of in­juries. A young girl at­tempted to jump off a bridge in Aly­tus, south­ern Lithua­nia, while a young fe­male in Ši­lalė, west­ern Lithua­nia, cut her arms.

The vir­tual game Blue Whale came to Lithua­nia from Rus­sia, spread via so­cial net­works, where peo­ple cre­ate closed groups and pages. Fif­teen teenagers in Rus­sia are re­ported to have killed them­selves due to the game.

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