"The meeting provided a good picture of the various aspects we must take into account when changing the immigration regulation," said work group chair Ruth Annus, head of the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department at the Ministry of the Interior. "The goal of the work group is to devise a unique solution for regulating immigration that is suitable for Estonia. The proposals that we will come up with by December can serve as the basis for finding long-term solutions."

Allan Puur, professor of population studies at Tallinn University, noted in his presentation on the population forecast that the aging of the workforce is a global trend in the 21st century, not a challenge for Estonia alone. This trend cannot be reversed, he noted, and one needs to adapt to it.

"We must pay greater attention to productivity and quality of labor," said Puur. In addition to taking measures to boost birth rates and favoring remigration, Estonia could react to the decline in workforce numbers with measures supporting a high quality of immigrants, he added.

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