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Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

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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.

Czech Protesters March against Exploitation of Migrant Workers in State Forestry

Czech Protesters March against Exploitation of Migrant Workers in State Forestry

7. 4. 11
Initiative for Migrant Workers Rights and Initiative against Racism are supporting migrant workers, who have been abused in Czech state forestry. This press release informs about the March against exploitation of migrant workers in state forestry, which took place on Sunday 27 March in Prague.
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Labor exploitation of Romanian workers in the Czech forestry business

22. 3. 11 Simina Guga
This article was written with the purpose of completing the findings made in the Czech Republic, related to a case of labor exploitation of Slovak and Vietnamese forestry workers. It is based on interviews conducted with several Romanian workers that worked in different regions of the Czech Republic, as well as on a web analysis of published materials related to the case, providing a clearer image...
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Czech state forestry and exploitation of migrant workers

This article describes the case of hundreds of migrant workers hired by a few subcontractors of one of the main Czech forestry companies to work in state forests. Over the past two years, they have received no or only partial pay for their work; they have nearly starved; and they have been subject of threats. This article was originally published in the Czech bi-weekly Nový Prostor.
Undocumented Migration and Regularisation Campaign for treeworkersCzech Republicarticles

Managing refugees: the transformation of asylum in the post-communist Czech Republic

This article, which was originally published at migrationeducation.org, analyses the legal-political construction of ‘refugee’ in the post-communist Czech Republic before and after its accession to the European Union (EU). It focuses on the role of the state and explains the gradual shift that took place towards treating asylum as a matter of migration management rather than a fundamental human ri...
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The detention of minors in the Czech Republic

The article describes the practice of detaining migrant minors in the Czech Republic. Minors are divided into those who are accompanied by parents or other legal guardians and those who are not. The article addresses the main shortcomings of the legislation on the detention of minors in the Czech Republic and it also deals with the detention of minors with regard to the protection of human rights....
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