Official Statistics Portal issued a digital publication “The Residents of Lithuania: 2020”.
Last year – first time since 1990 – the number of immigrants exceeded that of the emigrants’ – if compared to the number of emigrants, the number of immigrants surpassed it by 10,800 people. In 2019, international net migration among citizens of the Republic of Lithuania was negative (the number of emigrants exceeded the number of immigrants by 4,100 people), while among foreigners it was positive (the number of immigrants exceeded the number of emigrants by 14,900 people).
Overall, last year there were 19,700 foreigners (49,1 percent of all immigrants) who immigrated to the country and that accounts for 1,6 times growth if compared to the year of 2018. Most (89,7 percent) of the foreigners who immigrated to Lithuania are men.
In 2019, almost half (8,9000) of the foreigners who immigrated to the country were Ukrainians; 32,5 percent (6,400) – Belarusians; 5,3 percent (1,000) – Russians. During the year, the number of Ukrainian immigrants increased by 1,5 times; Belarusian immigrants – by 2 times; Russian immigrants – by 1,3 times.
It should be noted that a person is considered to be an immigrant when he/she comes to a country and plans to live in a new place permanently or at least for 12 months. A foreigner who has a temporary residence permit for one year or longer. In comparison, a foreigner is a person who is not a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, regardless of whether he/she is a citizen of other foreign country or does not possess a citizenship at all.