The Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Petr Nečas has said that restrictions by some EU countries blocking the free movement of Czech labour were unnecessary, stating that just 71,000 Czechs worked in other EU countries last year. The minister also said that Czechs posed no threat to the labour markets in neighbouring Austria and Germany, which continue to apply restrictions. The Czech Republic has called on the European Commission to work on a report on the functioning of temporary measures that limit entry onto labour markets in some of the original EU member states.
The United Kingdom was one of only three countries to open its doors to workers from the Czech Republic and other new member states when the EU enlarged in 2004. Since that time, an average of 3,000 Czechs have moved to the UK every three months. But, according to the British Home Office, that figure plummeted by nearly 50 percent in the second quarter of this year. The drop is being attributed to the strength of the crown, and changing trends in Czechs’ migration habits.
Hundreds of Vietnamese workers are expected to come to the Czech Republic
to fill a labour shortage in the building industry. The workers will be
recruited by job agencies, which have signed a contract with the Czech
Republic’s Association of Building Entrepreneurs. The workers heading to
the Czech Republic will receive a special training, including Czech
Vietnam is becoming an important labour source for the Czech Republic. While at the end of last year about 5,400 Vietnamese were employed in the Czech Republic legally, in the first six months of this year nearly 11,000 arrived to work in the country.
Vietnam has suspended the sending of its workers to the Czech Republic due to complicated issuance of work visas at the Czech Embassy in Hanoi. Chairman of the Czech-Vietnamese Society Marcel Winter said applicants for work visas were encountering a number of problems. Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said earlier this year that the Czech Republic and Vietnam were planning to create an expert group to settle the problem with the issuance of visas. More than 10,000 Vietnamese citizens came to work to the country in the first six months of this year.
In this week’s Business News, the planned US radar base in the Czech Republic will apparently use Czech power and be built with the help of Czech companies; new statistics from the Czech Labour Ministry reveal that a record number of foreigners came to work in the Czech Republic; Koh-i-Noor Hardmuth, a pencil and stationary company in the Czech Republic has announced plans to close down its České Budějovice production plant after 160 years; a leading Czech consumer advocacy group called SOS has warned shoppers to be wary of a misleading practice
In other business news, a record number of 32,300 foreign workers came to the Czech Republic in the first half of this year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Thursday. This number is up by 8,000 on figures from the same time last year. A total of 272,500 foreigners were registered employed in the Czech Republic at the end of June. The biggest single group of foreign workers came from Slovakia, with Slovaks making up over a third of this number. Ukrainians and Vietnamese also accounted for a large percentage of the Czech Republic’s foreign labour force.
The Czech Republic has traditionally been quite a homogenous country with just a small number of foreigners living here, but that picture is changing, and fast…Twelve years from now immigrants and their families could make up nearly 8% of the Czech population and, by 2065, the share may reach as much as 30%. That is, at least, according to a study by demographers from Charles University. Indeed, last year saw the biggest influx of registered immigrants in this country’s history, with some 84,000 people coming to live and work here. But is the Czech
I felt like a bit of a pioneer to be honest. Well, I mean, it wasn't exactly swimming the Channel alone, but at least I wasn't just another expatriate working in an Irish or American sports bar. I am talking about my second job here in Prague, that of a waiter and barista in a well-known coffeehouse just off Old Town Square. Up until now, no foreigner has worked there apparently.
In Business News this week: It looks like the national bank will postpone cutting interest rates; Plans to privatise Prague Airport have attracted no small amount of interest; over a quarter of a million foreigners are currently working in the Czech Republic; the insurer Lloyd’s is set to enter into the Czech market, and the discord between piano makers Petrof and their former American distributor continues.
From July, France will open its labour market to citizens of countries, such as the Czech Republic, which joined the European Union in 2004. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, made the announcement on a visit to the Polish capital Warsaw on Wednesday. France had originally been planning to introduce the change in May 2009. Czechs and other new EU citizens can now work in most ‘old’ states, though Germany and Austria are insisting on keeping their labour markets closed to the newcomers until 2011, which is the maximum period possible under EU agreements.