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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.

Story of Mrs. Manush – When Old Age Does Not Mean a Chance to Rest

In the framework of the project Migration to the Centre we talked to Mrs. Manush who comes from Armenia. Mrs. Manush had been recognized as a mandate refugee by the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in the Slovak Republic and she has been living in Slovakia for 20 years now.
Work and residence permitsSlovakia

Story of Martin: Who deserves a Blue Card?

Martin comes from Egypt as highly skilled professional in the financial sector. Reasons that brought him to Slovakia are of private and family nature. Martin felt free to express a critical insight of his own immigration experience in the interview for the project “Migration to the Centre” with the Human Rights League Slovakia.
Work and residence permitsSlovakia

An overview of the migration policies and trends - Slovakia

Slovakia is a country with relatively low share of foreigners within population, though the overall number of foreigners is increasing (both in relative and absolute numbers). In 2011, the number of foreign citizens officially residing in Slovakia reached 70 727 which means 1.3 % of the total population.

Slovakia should stop seeing migration as a problem

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The respondent of this short interview is immigrant from non-EU country living in Slovakia and practicing medicine for more than 6 years. In the interview he talks about his migrant experience and shares his opinion on residence permits procedure, blue cards, labor and business. He preferred to stay anonymous; therefore his true name and country of origin is not disclosed.
Work and residence permitsSlovakia

Slovakia closes eyes to labour migration

In its Migration Policy, Slovakia declares clear desire to receive economic migrants and enhance employment of highly qualified foreign workers. The presented article describes developments in labour migration in recent years and argues that Slovakia lacks a clear policy in managing labour migration.
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationSlovakia
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