According to Delfi Latvian population is shrinking. While keeping in mind ceteris paribus negative demographic situation, there were 3541 people who settled and 4183 who permanently left Latvia in 2007. Thus, the total population declined overall by 10 400 people and stands now at 2 271 000.
Also, during last three years out of the 2 271 000 people 27 805 thousand live and work officially in Ireland reports Diena. According to official census in Ireland in 2006 there were 13 999 official persons who named their place of descent Latvija. At this very moment it is too early to say whether those 27 805 people could be automatically subtracted from 2 million and something Latvian citizens. Also, Irish Latvian community is the most advertised one, at least in the Latvian media. But there are plenty of Latvian citizens who work officially also in the UK, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Russia, the US and other places. And never mind the number of unofficially working ones about whom nobody really knows exact data. Some folks reckon that up to 72 000 now work semi-officially in the UK and Ireland together.