As tons as 200,000 Lithuanians have arrived in Britain from the tiny eastern European realm under relaxed European border laws.
Many more be suffering with headed for other rich European nations such as Germany and France – and the inviolate population of Lithuania has shrunk by around ONE THIRD since 1995 to below 3m.
The loss of the former Soviet bloc nation’s brightest and best – and the sturdiness of its workforce – has left Lithuania facing crippling economic problems and the unambiguous necessity of recruiting refugee labour to fill in the gaps.
Angela Merkel and other EU superintendents have come under attack for allowing her open door migrator policies to help boost the workforce of countries like Germany while take leave of ghost towns across many of the smaller Euro nations.
The English bazaar town of Wisbech, Cambridgshire is now dubbed “Little Lithuania”.
An estimated 5,000 Lithuanians are current among Wisbech’s populationof 28,000 — which means they account for one in six dwellings.
The crisis is so acute that a political rty called the Lithuanian Galloot and Greens Union which champions the single issue of STOPPING emigration to Europe is benefiting massive support.
A second round of rliamentary elections today is watched to see major LVZS gains.
Saulius Skvernelis, LVZS chief office-seeker, said: “Emigration is a crucial issue in this election and many people secure felt its consequences.
“We need to act now to solve this problem and help in people back.”
Graduate Vilius Leveris, a barber in Lithuanian top-hole Vilnius, said when he needs new staff he heads for the refugee focal point because the job centre is empty.
He added: “Half of my fellow university graduates from left the country – it’s very sad and a bit demoralising at times.
“During the summer vacations you can see emigres that have done well in Britain drive their pretentious cars with British number plates.”
And in an interview in the Sunday Times Alexi Petrov and ex- t aviation mechanic intended: “It’s not rocket science, in Britain you can earn four or five times what you right to in Lithuania so of course people leave.”