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.

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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.

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...
Undocumented Migration and RegularisationCzech Republicarticles

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....
Undocumented Migration and RegularisationCzech Republicarticles

The current situation of migrants in the Pilsen Region

The following text addresses the problems of migrants in the Czech Republic, more specifically of those living in the south-western Pilsen Region. It shows the consequences of various ill-advised decisions made by both the government and the Pilsen Foreign Police. The measures introduced in response to the so-called economic crisis have only strengthened the dependency on intermediaries (also call...
Undocumented Migration and Regularisation Labour MigrationCzech Republicarticles
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