According to data released by the Labour Ministry, over 127,000 citizens of other EU countries are currently working in the Czech Republic, which is a 23-percent increase compared to last year. Most of them work in healthcare and education as well as industry. The largest groups are the citizens of Slovakia, Poland and Germany. In April, close to 200,000 foreigners worked legally in the Czech Republic. According to estimates, another tens of thousands are employed illegally.
The financial daily Hospodarske noviny carries a long article on Tuesday about the problem of labour shortages in the Czech Republic, the latest coverage of a much-discussed issue in this country. The estimates are gloomy, and the government's attempts to counter the problem don't seem to be bearing much fruit. But is the situation really that bad, and will fresh attempts to attract foreign employees work? More
Marsha Kocabova is a former modern ballet dancer from North Carolina who almost overnight ended up at the side of a prominent dissident in communist Czechoslovakia. Her husband Michael Kocab was the frontman of the popular 1980s underground rock group Prazsky Vyber, which was banned by the Communists; her daughter Natalie is now one of the country's most successful young up-and-coming writers and singers. More
The Labour Ministry says that more than 198,700 foreigners legally worked in the Czech Republic in April, almost 14,000 more than at the end of 2006. It is estimated that further tens of thousands of foreigners work in the Czech Republic illegally. The number of foreign workers increases every month. The figure is believed to be rising not only because of the Czech Republic's EU membership but also thanks to the improving working and living conditions and the country's economic growth. The strongest group of foreign workers are Slovaks, followed by Ukrainians and Poles.
Current AffairsNon-EU foreigners could have a harder time getting residence permits in the Czech Republic
Foreign nationals from outside the EU seeking to obtain permanent residence in the Czech Republic need to arm themselves with patience - lots of paperwork, long queues at the foreign police and a five-year wait before they can obtain the Czech equivalent of the Green Card. There are, of course, ways of getting round these hurdles such as sham marriages and certificates of fatherhood. However the interior ministry has now put its foot down and a newly proposed amendment to the foreigners' law - aimed at curbing these practices - could make life more difficult for all. More
According to figures released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, a total of 194,400 foreigners were legally employed in the Czech Republic in March, which is 6,400 more than in the previous month. According to the figures, the number of foreigners working in the Czech Republic grew by 43,000 in the past year, with most people coming from Slovakia and Ukraine. Apart from legally employed foreigners tens of thousands of people from other countries work in the Czech Republic illegally, according to estimates. The number of legally employed foreigners is believed to be growing mainly due to the Czech Republic's EU membership and the country's economic growth.
Any English speaker living in a foreign country has at some stage or another encountered some fairly dodgy English translations. Every ex-pat I know has a funny tale to tell of notorious translation cock-ups, most commonly found in hotels and restaurants. More
At the end of March, Czech Parliament will discuss a new amendment to the law concerning illegal foreign residents in this country. If the bill is approved, helping unregistered foreigners would be considered a criminal offence in the future, which could have far-reaching implications for people who may come into contact with illegal aliens in a professional capacity, such as doctors and lawyers. More
The number of foreigners working legally in the Czech Republic rose significantly in the last year, according to figures released by the Labour Ministry. There were almost 190,000 foreign citizens working legally in this country in the period to the end of February; that is 40,000 more than in the previous twelve months. Half the foreign workers are Slovaks, with Poles making up the second biggest group.
If you have been to a Czech wedding any time in the last few decades, you are probably familiar with the classic format: the same bleak communist-era town hall with an uninterested official repeating the same old clichés, the same Wedding March, and even the exact same menu in a local restaurant afterwards. But just as so many other things have changed in Czech society in recent years, Czechs weddings, too, are becoming a whole different affair. More