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.

Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

Země střední a východní Evropy - migrace


Poland is a country of emigration with its migration flows falling in recent years. The country is relatively open to accept labour migrants and the number of issued work permits has constantly been rising since 2007. Moreover, Poland runs a simplified procedure of granting work visas to residents of Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Nonetheless, according to Eurostat, citizens of other countries made only 0.1 percent of the Polish population in 2011, the lowest rate in the whole EU. The national data state that the number of legally staying immigrants reach 97 thousand and there might be another 50-70 thousand staying illegally (NGOs estimate the overall number of immigrants at almost half million). In 2011, the Polish Parliament passed the Act on Legalisation of Stay of Foreigners, a third and most liberal regularization in row. Last year, a new bill on Polish citizenship (Polish only) entered into force. In 2012, the Polish migration policy – current state of play and further actions (Polish only) was adopted, a first comprehensive document on migration policy addressing also the issue of immigrants’ integration.

Working on the different terms than specified in the work permit as irregular work of migrants

Despite some recent facilitations in the access to the Polish labor market, many migrants still need to obtain the work permit, which – when combined with the accurate resident permit – gives the right to work legally in Poland. Not to go into details of this procedure (which, by many employers, is still seen as too complicated and too bureaucratic), it is worth to analyze the problems that migran...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationPolandarticles

Press release: Foreign workers on the labour market – work injuries, occupational diseases and discrimination

29. 11. 12
What awaits many foreigners on the Czech labour market? Markedly greater workplace dangers, more frequent work injuries and, in all likelihood, occupational diseases as well. They also face discrimination and servile dependence on employers – all in the context of relative inaction on the part of the state. Non-profit organisations have reached this conclusion on the basis of individual work with ...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationSlovakia Czech Republic Slovenia Polandarticles

Migrants, Media and Society

8. 11. 12
We would like to invite you to a two-day International Conference 'Migrants, Media and Society' organized by the Multicultural Centre Prague on 4th - 5th December 2012. The program of the Conference is divided into two thematic circles which both focus on the media as a tool for supporting the process of migrants' integration and for promoting social cohesion in multicultural neighbourhoods. The C...

Immigration, work and health - An introduction to occupational health and safety for immigrants workers in Spain

30. 10. 12
In 2007 ISTAS organised a workshop called ‘Inmigrantes y salud laboral’, dealing with the situation of migrant workers. This gave rise to the booklet, which contains information relevant to migrant workers and their working conditions. The booklet focuses on sectors where migrant workers are commonly employed. It gives advice and instructions on how accidents can be prevented, and on ty...
Labour MigrationPolandresearch reports and studies

Managing Diversity in the Workplace – Focusing on the Employment of Migrant Workers (Handbook)

30. 10. 12
The aim of this handbook from 2004 is to provide practical guidance for those recruiting and employing migrant workers. The handbook therefore covers: (a) issues related to recruitment, employment permits and employment rights, (b) managing a diverse workforce, (c) developing an intercultural workplace policy.
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