Foreign Ministry survey: Estonians living abroad are keen to contribute to Estonia’s development

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducted a survey among Estonians living abroad to find out how prominent a place their land of origin holds in their everyday lives. Another aim was to get an overview of their expectations for the state, so that they would be more interested in helping achieve Estonia’s objectives for the future.

Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said that the goal of the survey was to get honest feedback and substantive proposals from Estonians living abroad for an improved planning of actions aimed at the community.

“It is crucial to us that Estonians across the world feel that they matter for Estonia, are always welcome back, and that they are interested in contributing to the development and future of our country. We can achieve this through continued substantive communication and partnership with Estonians living abroad. This is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is taking steps to make sure that actions aimed at Estonians abroad are more considered and truly needed,” the minister said.

Between 18 October and 28 November last year, nearly 2000 Estonians from more than 70 countries took part in the survey. The most active respondents were aged 26-45. More than a half of respondents had been away from Estonia for more than 10 years.

The summary of the survey conducted among Estonians abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will discuss the results at length at a virtual forum on 13 April, with an overview of actions for the diaspora and presentations by Estonians living abroad.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey.

Additional information:
Sarah Adamson