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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. Who do we want to integrate, and where to? How can we measure the level of integration, and how shall we discern between integrated and non-integrated immigrants? Who is considered to be desirable for integration from the point of view of the European nation-states? Do some of the foreigners have better prerequisites for integration as many political concepts suggest? Is even the entire idea of the so-called integrated society compatible with the current conditions of the global capitalism and its requests for flexibility and mobility?

The texts in the Integration Theme deal with the experience of integration and the development of integration policy in different countries. They present both expert views on integration and the personal experiences of immigrants.

The section was created under the project Quality integration through quality information.

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New law on the acquisition of Czech citizenship: introduction to the main changes valid as of January 2014

The new citizenship law of the Czech Republic (Act No. 186/2013 Coll.) will come into force as of 1 January 2014. The new law is considerably more detailed than the existing Act No. 40/1993 Coll. on Acquisition and Loss of Citizenship of the Czech Republic. This text will briefly introduce the new law.
IntegrationCzech Republic

2012 Report on the Situation of National Minorities in the Czech Republic

27. 9. 13
The Report on the Situation of National Minorities in the Czech Republic, annually presented by the Government Council for National Minorities. The text was written up by the secretariat of the Council on the basis of supporting documents supplied by the relevant ministries, local and regional authorities, and representatives of national minorities in the Council.
IntegrationCzech Republicresearch reports and studies

Roma Migration to and from Canada: The Czech, Hungarian and Slovak Case

29. 8. 13
The Centre for Policy Studies at Central European University presented the collection of papers Roma Migration to and from Canada: The Czech, Hungarian and Slovak Case that looks at various aspects of Roma migration to and from Canada. The basic premise is that Canadian Roma migration should be understood as a process motivated by a mixed set of factors and, from an analytical point of view, it sh...
Labour Migration IntegrationSlovakia Czech Republic Hungaryresearch reports and studies

Civil Society Monitoring on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies and Decade Action Plan in the Czech Republic in 2010-2013

10. 7. 13

Monitoring report published by the coalition of Czech non-governmental organisations provides an independent assessment of the Czech Republic’s progress in achieving the goal of Roma inclusion as defined in the Concept for Roma Integration 2010-201...

IntegrationCzech Republicresearch reports and studies

The migrant’s right to family life during proceedings on family reunification in the Czech Republic

14. 6. 13 Michala Cilli
Is the obligation to protect the family reflected only in the already issued long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification? The focus of this article is on the family reunification proceedings before the Czech Ministry of the Interior. The author argues that the right to family life should be respected from the moment of lodging the application for family reunification.
Family reunification Gender and Migration IntegrationCzech Republicarticles

The main principles of family reunification before the European Court of Human Rights

13. 6. 13 Kornelis Kasper
The following article briefly discusses some of the main considerations of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to the issue of family reunification. The author describes the concept of family life as interpreted in the Court’s case-law and its approach towards family reunion in immigration cases. He notes that although States have a relatively broad discretion to organise their policy i...
Family reunification Gender and Migration Integrationarticles

Why did Czech government refuse to ratify ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers?

This commentary has been written in reaction to the recent decision by the Czech government not to ratify the International Labour Organization's Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. First, we will introduce the convention and the government’s reaction to it. Then we will go on to argue that paid domestic work in the context of Czech labour market is not a marginal topic, and th...
Labour Migration IntegrationCzech Republicarticles

Review of safety resources for recent immigrants entering the Canadian workforce (2011)

29. 1. 13
The purpose of this study was to examine the services, programs and resources available to newcomers to Canada that focus on employment standards, occupational health & safety and workers‟ compensation. The authors reviewed local resources available through community organizations, employers, settlement groups and unions, as well as resources available through provincial and federal preventi...
Labour Migration Integrationresearch reports and studies

Stricter rules on acquiring Czech citizenship – is it a good idea?

24. 1. 13 Marek Čaněk
In October 2012, the Czech government approved a draft bill on citizenship prepared by the Ministry of Interior. Marek Čaněk comments on the implications it would have for settled migrants, should it be adopted by the Parliament.
IntegrationCzech Republicarticles

Prevention is the Best Medicine (a toolkit, 2011)

22. 1. 13
The toolkit is designed to help settlement services staff provide newcomers with information on the occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation systems in Ontario. The need for such a toolkit was demonstrated in a 2011 study by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) that explored the experiences of immigrants who had been injured on the job. The study found that injured newcomers had l...
Labour Migration Integrationresearch reports and studies
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