LFGU spurs parties to sign emigration agreement
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.