A specialised website of the Multicultural Centre Prague for critical discussion about migration in Central and Eastern Europe. It maps migration reality, research and policy, offers a range of articles, interviews and reports and promotes debate among experts, public administrators, NGOs and the wider public.

Themes

Labour Migration

Although foreigners have the right to equal treatment in the Czech labour market, in practice, they are more vulnerable for various reasons. In general, access to employment is harder for them, they are paid less for the same work and they tend to be exposed to worse working conditions.

Integration

Integration is currently one of the most discussed topics related to the presence of  migrants in Europe. The debate under this issue tackles seemingly nonproblematic, however unclear and controversial questions.

Migration and the EU

Each European state used to develop its own policies for managing international migration in isolation. This was due to the differences in migration flows, social conditions, and the political environment. Since the 1980s, however, the EU has placed migration and asylum policy within its own integration efforts.

Undocumented Migration and Regularisation

Regularisation, or the legalisation of the irregular status of immigrants under the law, is both a practical solution to illegal migration and one of the most controversial means of migration management as it weakens the power of the state to control the migration flows on its territory.

Gender and Migration

Understood as a social construction of femininity and masculinity and inequalities consequent upon these constructions, gender fundamentally influences migration and its impacts on societies and individuals.

Refugees in CEE

What does it mean to be a refugee in Central and Eastern Europe? How do newly created or dissolved borders influence refugees’ strategies? What are the social, psychological and political aspects of the process of integration of refugees? In what ways are refugees involved in

Old themes

Study / training in EU

Most sociologists consider education and vocational training a part of the socioeconomic sphere of migrants‘ integration into their host society. Integration in this sphere is characterized by acquiring the rights and status in the host country’s state institutions that are equal or similar to the rights and status enjoyed by the state’s nationals.

Work and residence permits

The topic Work and residence permit primarily focuses on:

▪ national developments of labour migration and recent policy changes in this area,
▪ the access and rights of migrant workers in the labour market,
▪ tackling unequal or unfair working conditions of migrant workers in practice.


Family reunification

Family migration from non-EU countries forms around one third of overall migration into the European Union. This portion is even higher in some Central European countries (Czech Republic, Slovenia).

Campaign for treeworkers

In March 2009 in Sapa, a Vietnamese market in Prague 4, the firm Affumicata organized a recruitment of workers to plant trees in Czech forests. Hundreds of Vietnamese workers, who had lost their jobs in the industrial sector due to the economic crisis, accepted the job offer.
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120 00 Praha 2

Tel: (+420) 296 325 346
E-mail: migraceonline@mkc.cz

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