Jekabpils - Zemgale. A fisherman walks in front of an abandoned building in a neighbourhood of the city. The presence of unfinished and abandoned buildings is very high around the city.
The abandoned market center of the village of Gerkani. In the area now live only ten families. The young generations, not interested in the farm work, usually move abroad, in UK or Germany, looking for a better future.
Arta, 35, mum of two. She moved from the countryside to the city of Livani years ago . From time to time she comes to visit her family still living in the countryside. Arta's husband works in Iceland and is pressing for her to move there too, together with the kids.
Daugavpils - Latgale region. The city in the years between 2000 and 2013 has seen a loss in the population of more then 20%. In the latest years the percentage has seen a reduction but it remains anyway negative.
Kalupe - Latgale. The village, like the region, has been suffering from the high emigration rates. Many of the buildings and houses in the village are no more in use.
Kalupe - Latgale. Janis 56 lives in the small village together with his mother. He has two daughters one of them emigrated few years ago in Finland. He recently managed to find a small work at the local cemetery where he's helping to build a new chapel. "in these small villages there is nothing to do, no entertainment or anything, there was a club but now is completely in ruins, everyone is leaving from here"
Dubulti village - In the former Kolkhoz only few people live nowadays. Aija 58, have lived all her life in the village and now works in the only shop of the village. In the majority of the small villages, the grocery store is the only shop available.
Daugavpils - Latgale. During the Soviet Union occupation the city grew quite a lot and many neighbourhoods have been built around the city. After the disintegration of the URSS a first wave of emigration started while a second one happened when Latvia joined EU.
Vandani, Jekabpls municipality. Talis, with his small boat, allow cars to cross the river Daugava to reach the opposite side where is the main road. In more then 100km, separating the two biggest cities of Jekabpils and Daugavpils, there are only two bridges crossing the river, both in the city center.
Zasa - Jekabpils province. Like almost every other place in the area the village has many abandoned buildings.
Daugavpils - Latgale region. On the 9th of May people celebrate the Victory Day, when the Russian army defeated the German nazis. Almost 60% of the city population is represented by Russian speaking people, Latvians are the 20%.
Jekabpils - Zemgale. An 18 years old couple, having a date by the Daugava river bank. They say they're willing to leave the country as soon as they finish school, maybe to UK or Russia.
Just outside the city center of Jekabpils a block of flats completely abandoned. During the USSR occupation of the country many new buildings have been built but nowadays they find no purpose.
Liepas village, Jekabpils province. On a Sunday afternoon, family members gather together after the mass. Girls say they'll move to bigger cities to study but they don't want to leave the country.
The population of Latvia, similarly to a common trend throughout Europe, is ageing fast. This, combined with the high levels of emigration of young people, creates a landscape where elderly people are the only one populating the most rural areas.
Daugavpils - Latgale. The city in the last 15 years has suffered a loss of population of almost 25% It's not easy to spot young people around the city. Many of the young people move to Riga to study and from there, many times, the end up emigrating abroad in Uk or Germany but also in Norway or Sweden.
Skrudaliena - Latgale. Dimitrij's farm, where he lives with his family and his old dad, taking are of few cows and chickens.
Skrudaliena - Latgale. Dimitrij,46, sits on his barrow waiting for a friend. The last data about the village show 186 inhabitants in 2009. Recently few more have left and some old one died.
Jekabpils - Zemgale. Just outside the city center a woman is seen walking among block of flats partially abandoned.
Natalia, single mum in her 40s, lives with her mother in their family house. She's at the moment unemployed so she helps with the field work. Her daughter studies in Riga where she's finishing college. Natalia doesn't know if her daughter will decide to remain in Latvia after finishing her studies.
Daugavpils - Latgale. A young girls is seen walsking by a block of flats built in the USSR occupation time. Latgale is the second largest city of Latvia and has been suffering very high rates of emigration. In the last 15 years almost 30% of the population has emigrated abroad or to Riga.
Skrudaliena - Latgale. A memorial, written also in Russian, remembers the killing of some farmers in the area during the war with Russia. The village has now officially only 186 inhabitants.