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Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

Země střední a východní Evropy - migrace


The immigration to Slovakia has been gradually rising since the country’s accession to the EU, although the growth has been slowed by the economic crises. Immigrants mainly come from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania and predominantly for work. The portion of immigrants on total population is relatively small (1.3 % in 2011), but the number of has increased almost threefold since 2004. According to official data, the number of registered immigrants reached almost 71 000 at the end of 2011. On the policy level, the government approved the Migration Policy of the Slovak Republic with Horizon 2020 (Slovak only) in 2011, followed by the Action Plan of Migration Policy in 2012-2013 (Slovak only) in 2012. However, the progress of integration of immigrants is slow. The Strategy on Integration of Foreigners in the Slovak Republic (Slovak only) was adopted in 2009 and is followed by yearly summary reports (Slovak only) on its implementation. In the legislative field, a new Act on Residence of Aliens entered into force in 2012.

Education of Migrant Children – From Scratch to a Systemic Change?

14. 6. 13 Peter Dráľ
Every school year approximately 1000 pupils of other than Slovak nationality attend Slovak primary schools. With a bit of simplification it means that 1000 principals, a double number of parents and a triple or higher number of teachers face a big “problem” which is by no means limited to urban areas or private schools.
Family reunification Slovakiaarticles

Families know no borders II – What does it mean to live a family life as a foreigner in Slovakia?

In order for a family to enjoy family life, all its family members shall be entitled to some form of right of residence in the same territory. In case of Slovak citizens the right of residence is indisputable, however; foreign nationals must often fulfil different legal conditions, certify it with number of documents, apply for residence and wait lengthy periods before decision is taken and the ri...
Family reunification Gender and MigrationSlovakia

Families know no borders I – Who is a family in Slovakia?

Forms and compositions of family have become quite variable over the past decades. In Slovakia more and more families nowadays include family members who are foreign nationals. The article outlines who is considered a family member in different situations for purposes of family reunification in the territory of the Slovak Republic. Paradoxically, the family members of Slovak nationals do not enjoy...
Family reunification Gender and MigrationSlovakia

Interview: Rozat chub Salvak! Good morning, Slovakia!

2. 5. 13
An interview by Zuzana Hasna (Human Rights League, Slovakia) with Djevedan, a Muslim female migrant from Afghanistan in Slovakia
Family reunification Slovakia

Playing the Hot Potato in Slovakia

The first Slovak phase of the Migration to the Centre project focused on employment and experience with the integration of migrants into the labour market. Two experts of the Human Rights League rated effectiveness of the current Slovak migration policy and three migrants provided views from their individual perspective. In the public debate with a provocative title "What have you done today for f...
Work and residence permitsSlovakia
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