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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. At the same time, the migrants' position in the labour market plays a crucial role in their process of integration into society.

The individual texts also address how migrant workers affect the Czech labour market and the impact of their presence on the competitiveness of the local labour force. The whole topic examines these and other often difficult-to-answer questions which labour migration raises.

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The different perception of migration from Eastern Europe to Turkey: The case of Moldovan and Bulgarian domestic workers

In the last decade, both Moldovan and Bulgarian women have come to dominate the household work sector in Turkey. While Turkish academia directed a lot of attention at the Moldovans, Bulgarian domestic workers have largely been ignored. This article will shed some light on the different perception of these migrant groups in Turkey.
Labour Migrationarticles

Green Cards? Disappointed Expectations

In April 2008, the Czech government discussed and approved a new version of so-called “green-cards”, a kind of permit combining work permit, employer’s permit to recruit workers abroad, and the visa. Although the green cards are an improvement as far as reduction in red tape is concerned, the situation of labour migrants in the Czech Republic will remain essentially the same.
Labour Migrationarticles

Migration Manifesto: Ten Principles for the Migration Policy of the Czech Republic

25. 1. 08
Migration Manifesto is a joint document produced by five representatives from Czech NGOs who further discussed the contents with a wide circle of migration experts. Its aim is to offer ten principles to guide the migration policy of the Czech Republic. It was presented on 15th November 2007 at a public debate held in the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. This event was h...
Labour Migrationarticles
The Lviv Polish Visa Factory – Not Yet Profitable!

The Lviv Polish Visa Factory – Not Yet Profitable!

13. 11. 07
In summer 2007, a few months before the entry of Poland into the Schengen area, the Lviv Polish General Consulate was accepting around a thousand and a half visa applications each day. However, the interest was greater and thus the numbers of people waiting to submit their documents in front of the consulate were not the indication of the real interest in Polish visas. Multiple-entry visas were be...
Labour Migrationarticles

“We’ve been dealing with an enormous interest in Czech visas.” An interview with Jaroslav Bašta, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

1. 11. 07
The scope of the Czech visa practice in Ukraine will soon be defined by the recently signed agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, as well as by the Schengen regulations. Jaroslav Bašta, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, comments on the ensuing changes. He also talks about inadequate staffing of the consular offices, the increasing number of visa applications...
Labour Migrationinterviews

Where Nobody Cares for the Law. Experiences of an Ukrainian Applying for a Polish Visa

20. 9. 07
From January 1, 2008 the biggest western neighbor of Ukraine – Poland – will enter the visa regime of the Schengen zone. It is clear that it will in its turn complicate the already complex procedure of obtaining entry visas for this country by our citizens. However, the root of the problem does not lie as much in the procedure of obtaining visas, as in the way this procedure is followed and implem...
Labour Migrationarticles

Ethnicity, the Labour Market and Returning Migrants between Hungary and Transylvania

28. 6. 07
Since migration flows to Hungary are an object of international comparison among sociologists and anthropologists, one of the most emphasised features of the phenomenon is that a great proportion of migrants are ethnic Hungarians from the neighbouring countries. This fact is usually traced back to the seemingly shared cultural identity of the migrants and the receiving society (see: Brubaker 1998;...
Labour Migrationarticles

Declaration of Czech non-governmental organisations regarding the impending changes to the amendment of the Czech Foreign and Asylum Acts

8. 6. 07
Responding to the discussions in Parliament concerning the amendment to the Foreign and Asylum Acts, representatives of 24 Czech NGOs and personalities published a declaration. According to this declaration, several points of the amendment will negatively impact the life of foreigners and their Czech family members, as well as on the standard of human rights in the Czech Republic.
Labour Migrationarticles

The role of I.T. migrants working in Ireland: the uneasy and unstable relationship between skills shortages and career choices

18. 5. 07
The stunning success enjoyed by the Irish economy over a sustained period of time has made it a model for other countries to emulate when seeking to develop their economies. This paper provides a more sceptical commentary than many contemporary analysts and observers, using the economy’s increasing dependence on skilled migration in key sectors such as software and ICT as its starting point, rath...
Labour Migrationarticles

Skill shortages, emigration and unemployment in Poland - causes and implications

18. 5. 07
The paper analyses a constellation of factors concerning, on the one hand, the erosion of skills caused by the systemic transition from communism to capitalism, and on the other hand, the failure to create the skills in need in the quantities required. The aim is to explain the co-existence of skill shortages, emigration and high unemployment in Poland. The analysis is mostly based on regional dif...
Labour Migrationarticles
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