An interesting blog from my friend Mike, particularly as we have been regular visitors to the country for the last 10 years and working with numerous students at several universities.
“Deserted Lithuania relies on refugees” was the headline over this picture from the Sunday Times last weekend.
The story told of Vilius Leveris‘s problems in recruiting staff for his new upmarket barbers’ shop in Vilnius and how he had to resort to recruiting at a refugee hostel when no locals came forward.
In the last 4 years he has taken on 12 staff from Turkey, Libya, Syria, Morocco and Colombia. He even went to Iran to recruit. He said “I couldn’t find anyone here. Even getting a wet shave is a completely new thing. Now if a refugee who was a barber at home arrives in Lithuania, the refugee centre calls me at once.”
Vilius’s experience is the result of the depopulation of the country with people leaving to earn more money elsewhere. Average earnings in Lithuania are £166 a week compared to just over £500 in…
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