Population drops in Lauchenoiria as emigration rises
2nd August 2019
The population of Lauchenoiria has fallen relative to the 2017 estimate, as emigration rates rise and immigration falls. The fall in the population has been attributed primarily to net migration - birth rates within Lauchenoiria have remained relatively steady, as although births between March and May were down considerably, there was a spike in June.
Since last year’s civil war, the amount of Lauchenoirians leaving the country has more than trebled relative to the pre-war rate, with many leaving for nations such as Laeral
who have been taking in refugees fleeing the conflict and its aftermath. At the same time, immigration has been falling, with only 426 individuals arriving in Lauchenoiria with the intent to remain in the last 12 months.
The top five destinations for Lauchenoirian emigrants are: Laeral, Sanctaria
, Libertas Omnium Maximus
. Also on the list of destinations are Xiomera
– both surprising to many. The vast majority of immigrants
have been Kerlian refugees, fleeing from the autocratic matriarchy, although the number of Kerlians crossing the border has dropped, due to an increased presence of Kerlian border guards, as emigration from Kerlile
Laeral and Zamastan, along with Gnejs have all accepted considerable numbers of refugees fleeing both during the conflict, and in the immediate aftermath. These countries have been welcoming of Lauchenoirians experiencing hardship at home as a result of the war, with many of them seeking asylum following the destruction of homes and livelihoods in southern Lauchenoiria last year. Most Lauchenoirians departing for this reason left between July and September 2018. The Lauchenoirian government has recently given assurances to Lauchenoirians that they will be safe at home.
The majority of emigrants to Libertas Omnium Maximus are from the impoverished areas of Lauchenoiria with high unemployment, seeking work. Most travelled to LOM on a basic work permit, which does not entitle the individual to permanent residency, after finding employment in the country. It is likely that this will be a temporary move for many of these individuals. LOM was the most popular destination among low-income emigrants.
Sanctaria is also a popular destination for Lauchenoirians. During the war, a number of Lauchenoirians fled the conflict to Sanctaria, however it has also become a popular destination for emigrants leaving Lauchenoiria in recent months. The most commonly listed reason for leaving by those with an intended destination of Sanctaria was the state of the Lauchenoirian economy. Sanctaria was the most popular destination among emigrants from the middle- and high-income brackets.
Those moving to Kvask, which supported the Aelurian declaration of independence during last year’s conflict, have flocked to the capital of Noskv, where a Lauchenoirian population has existed for decades. A number of Lauchenoirians opposed to the authoritarianism of the Villanueva regime in 1952, especially communists who disagreed with the coup and the dictatorship, travelled to Kvask, founding a significant Lauchenoirian community in the nation. During the 1990s, a considerable number of Lauchenoirians also moved to Kvask.
Some Lauchenoirians have also travelled to the nations of Xiomera and Shuell, although in much smaller numbers. Two Lauchenoirians have also moved to Kerlile, despite being warned not to. Individuals wishing to live and work in Xiomera must not advocate against the current system of government in the nation – meaning Lauchenoirians in the country may not argue in favour of democracy. One Lauchenoirian who has moved to Xiomera told the Lauchenoirian Guardian
: “why would I support democracy anyway? It is a system that naturally leads to conflict – that’s what caused the war.”
In the last six months, 17 Lauchenoirians have also decided to move to Shuell – a nation which has been providing Lauchenoiria with aid, but which also bans emigration. Of these 17, four listed their reason for leaving as religion-based, after converting to the Shuellian religion of Szilankism, which worships a deity known as the ‘shard-being’. The Lauchenoirian government has advised Lauchenoirians against moving to Shuell, however has not forbidden them from doing so.
The amount of Kerlian refugees crossing the border has decreased marginally, although Kerlians still make up the vast majority of immigrants
to Lauchenoiria. Since the war, however, the Lauchenoirian government has amended their policy on handling Kerlian border crossings in light of the ‘Aurora revelations’, in which Charissa Clarke was revealed to be a Kerlian sleeper agent. Individuals crossing the border illegally are now briefly detained until their identities can be ascertained – however the vast majority are released within 24 hours.
Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez commented on the population drop, saying: “while it is understandable that many Lauchenoirians felt the need to leave after the war, I give my assurance to all Lauchenoirians that this country will remain your home if you wish it to be. My government will work hard to ensure that Lauchenoiria can move on from the war and become a place where everyone feels safe and has a chance to thrive.”