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Refugees in CEE

What does it mean to be a refugee in Central and Eastern Europe? How do newly created or dissolved borders influence refugees’ strategies? What are the social, psychological and political aspects of the process of integration of refugees? In what ways are refugees involved in transnational networks and how does that affect their lives? How is the status of international protection differentiated and what is its impact on protection and social status of refugees?

The section Refugees in CEE explores forced migration in Central and Eastern Europe, it points out similarities and differences in the experience of various actors involved in forced migration and it views the problem of refugees in Central Europe from different perspectives. It is presents diverse personal experience and problems that asylum seekers and refugees have come through, but also analyses of asylum policies and public policy measures concerning refugees on national and European levels.

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The Refugee Electorate - Past, Present and Future

23. 5. 06
This paper analyses the way in which political affiliations of refugees are influenced by their culture and habits specific to their country of origin, by the circumstances of exile as well as their integration into the new environment. The widespread opinion that refugees in Serbia represent a stronghold of support for the conservative nationalist Serbian Radical Party is questioned. Moreover, th...
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The Development of a European Asylum Policy in an Expanded European Union

16. 5. 06
In recent years, there have been a number of attempts to harmonise European policies towards the increasing numbers of asylum seekers. Indeed, in 1997, the Amsterdam Treaty committed members of the European Union (EU) to a 2002 deadline whereby visa, asylum and immigration decisions would be transferred from Pillar III (Intergovernmental co-operation) to Pillar I (Community matters). However, this...
Refugees in CEEarticles

Interview with Vladislav Günter: “Migrants' Contributions Will Depend on the Conditions We Provide for Them…”

30. 3. 06
Vladislav Günter is a social worker in the Centre for Integration of Foreigners. This interview is based on the contribution given by Mr. Günter on the Workshop on Developments and Patterns of Migration Processes in Central and Eastern Europe held in Prague in August 2005.
Refugees in CEE Integrationinterviews

Foreign Territory. The Internationalisation of EU Asylum Policy

18. 5. 05
European Union asylum policy is shifting overseas. The politicisation of asylum-related issues and the desire to ‘manage migration’ are the forces behind a wave of new ‘internationalised initiatives which could have a serious impact on the lives of refugees. This mixed agenda has the potential to enhance as well as threaten refugees’ safety and dignity, but at present it includes inadequate saf...
Refugees in CEEresearch reports and studies

The Power of a Refugee Camp: A view on a Czech “Refugee Reality”

13. 9. 04
Is it possible to grasp the situation of refugees in a Czech refugee camp with the help of theoretical concepts that have been developed in research among refugees from Burundi living in Tanzania? - asks Alice Szczepanikova, a doctoral student at Central European University, in her article. It seems unlikely – what can a Czech “residential center” have in common with a refugee camp in the African ...
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Integration of refugees

11. 6. 04
The introduction of this research report sets out the relevant theoretical foundation. The first part characterizes the asylum procedure in the Czech Republic, covering social situation of asylum applicants, involvement of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the asylum procedure as well as statistical data. The integration process is perceived in connection to issues such as housing...
Refugees in CEEresearch reports and studies

Asylum policy at a crossroads

11. 6. 04
A critical article written by Martin Rozumek, the director of the Organization for Aid to Refugees. The author examines the latest developments in the United Kingdom’s asylum policies and compares the situation there with that in the Czech Republic. The article makes it clear that harmonization of EU’s asylum policies essentially lies in taking over the lowest standards of refugee admission by the...
Refugees in CEEarticles

British asylum myths

24. 5. 04
The author explores three questions relating to asylum procedures in the UK: Is the UK’s immigration policy ‘soft’? Do asylum applicants come mainly for economic reasons? Do asylum applicant bring disease into the country? These myths are analyzed and demythologized or put into an appropriate context using statistical data and other relevant information.
Refugees in CEE

Act on Asylum and on Amending the Act No. 283/1991 on Police as Amended (Act No. 325/1999)

24. 5. 04
The act No. 325/1999 implements the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees in the Czech legal system. The act lists four reasons for granting an asylum: 1) internationally accepted definition as specified in the Geneva Convention of 1951, i.e. demonstration of justified fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a certain social group or holding certain politica...
Refugees in CEE

Resolution of the Czech Republic’s Government providing for integration of refugees in 2004

28. 1. 04
Related link: Resolution of the Government (full text) State program of integration Abstract: Stanislav Gross, the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior, presented a draft proposal providing for integration of refugees in 2004. The following priorities were set in the area of integration: Czech language training, Provision of housing, employment assistance (retraining)...
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