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Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

Země střední a východní Evropy - migrace

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic remains an important country of immigration, although the immigration flows fell sharply in the context of the economic crisis. The main purposes of immigration are family reunification, employment and education. According to official statistics, the total number of immigrants holding a residence permit slightly increased in 2011 to about 434 000, which represented around 4 % of the total population. The major immigrant communities are Ukrainian, Slovak, Vietnamese and Russian. In 2011, the government adopted the Updated Policy for Integration of Immigrants and in 2012 the Procedure of Implementation of the Updated Policy for Integration of Immigrants (Czech only). In terms of legislation, in 2012 the government approved much debated legislative intent of the new legal regulation (Czech only) of entry and residence of foreign citizens in the Czech Republic.

Labour Migration and the systems of social protection: Recommendations for policy makers

29. 7. 11 Jakob Hurrle
The recommendations were written on the basis of findings from the Multicultural Centre Prague´s FLEXI-IN-SECURITY project. The project was initiated in reaction to the existential crisis of migrants staying in the Czech Republic in the times of global economic crises in 2008, 2009. The idea of this project was to share knowledge and experiences with the social protection of migrants in a number o...
Integration Labour MigrationCzech Republicarticles

Visa formalities and beyond: monitoring the situation at the Czech Consulate in Lviv

This report describes the state of affairs at the Czech Consulate in Lviv in January 2011. Based on interviews with visa applicants, the qualitative research focuses on different aspects of the visa process, such as the preparation of required documents, access to visa information, consulting services, expenses, refusals, and other aspects. The results of the report reveal the current difficulties...
Labour MigrationCzech Republicarticles

Romanian, Hungarian and Slovak Workers Recruited for a New Season in Czech Forests

24. 5. 11
Prague May 16, 2011 – A number of Czech forestry companies who have been accused of gravely mistreating their migrant employees in the past are currently in the midst of recruiting new workers from Romania, Hungary, and elsewhere for this year’s season. Job agencies in these countries are being contacted by the Czech-based companies to recruit a few hundred workers to do forestry work in different...
Labour Migration Campaign for treeworkersCzech Republicarticles

Czech Embassy in Hanoi, Part 2 – Peace and Quiet

The article reports on the situation in front of the building of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Hanoi, in January 2011, and compares it with the times before the crisis. It describes the impact of regulation measures implemented by the Government on the number of Vietnamese visa applicants, as well as their effect on the perception of the Consular Section by the gener...
Labour MigrationCzech Republicarticles

Pitfalls of (Un)Employment of Foreigners in the Czech Republic

3. 5. 11
We would like to draw your attention to a new publication of the Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU), which informs about a legal framework for employment of foreigners in the Czech Republic. It warns of risks related to irregular work and it offers a list of organisations, which provide advice and assistance to immigrants. The publication is available in English and Russian.
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