Topic Archive Foreigners and the Czech Republic

MPs push for regulation of foreign-language ads

03-04-2014 15:16 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In recent years there has been a rise in the number of outdoor advertisements in Russian, English and other languages in the Czech Republic, to the annoyance of many locals. Now a new bill has been put forward regulating such ads. If passed, the legislation will allow local authorities to ban any foreign-language adverts displayed in public that are not accompanied by the same text in Czech.  More

Vietnamese stores take sizable bite out of Czech food market

26-03-2014 15:25 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Vendula Kosíková The Czech Republic has a large Vietnamese community and today Vietnamese-run open-all-hours corner stores are to be found throughout the country. Indeed, a new report by market analysts Nielsen says that one fifth of Czech food shops are now Asian run. But what does the boom in Vietnamese stores mean for consumers? That’s a question I put to leading Czech food writer Petra Pospěchová.  More

Czech NGOs consider humanitarian aid for embattled Ukraine

21-02-2014 16:46 | Rob Cameron

Photo: CTK Events in Ukraine have repercussions across the wider region; neighbouring countries, like Slovakia, are already preparing for the potential arrival of refugees, and Poland has been heavily involved in the diplomatic effort. The Czech Republic is slightly further removed from the crisis, but the tremours can be felt here too - the country has a large Ukrainian population, many of them migrant workers, and on Thursday evening hundreds of Ukrainians demonstrated on Wenceslas Square. Some Czech organisations - like the NGO People in Need - are getting ready to provide humanitarian aid. Earlier we spoke to the organisation's director Šimon Pánek.  More

Czechs respecting Schengen open space but keeping tight rein on non-EU migrants

11-02-2014 15:51 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: European Commission Switzerland’s vote in favour of imposing quotas on EU migrants has put migration issues very much in the spotlight. While the Czech Republic has criticized the Swiss decision and stressed it has no plans to restrict the movement of EU citizens, it has its own migration headache. Its immigration policy with respect to non-EU members remains tough, despite an aging population and a need for skilled workers. Commentator Jiri Pehe says that this is something that will need to change.  More

Beer at James Joyce Irish pub cheaper now than in ’93, says owner Frank Haughton

25-11-2013 16:43 | Ian Willoughby

Frank Haughton, photo: Ian Willoughby Earlier this month there was a big party at Prague’s James Joyce marking the 20th anniversary of its foundation. The country’s first genuine Irish pub, the Joyce was opened by former banker Frank Haughton. Indeed the Irishman opened it twice: after the original location near Charles Bridge closed, he launched the pub again in 2009 a short walk from Old Town Square.  More

Former Ukrainian porn star and her kids finally allowed to settle in the Czech Republic

03-09-2013 15:40 | Masha Volynsky

Anastasiya Hagen, photo: Alexei Ponomarev A Ukrainian woman and her three young sons have been granted permanent residency in the Czech Republic, after two years of failed attempts to gain political asylum. Unlike most asylum seekers in this country, Anastasiya Hagen and her plight have drawn a decent amount of media attention in the past year. The main reason is not necessary the family’s story itself, but the fact that Mrs. Hagen is a former pornography actress. Masha Volynsky has the details.  More

Prague 2100 – dominated by immigrants?

10-08-2013 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek, ČRo One time a few years back I went to record vox pops outside Prague’s Nový Smíchov shopping centre. However, a strikingly high percentage of the men and women in the street whose opinions I was attempting to elicit were not what I was looking for. They weren’t Czech but were from Ukraine or other states east of here.  More

NGOs voice strong disapproval of new immigration bill draft

03-07-2013 | Masha Volynsky

Photo: Association for Integration and Migration Over a hundred people gathered in front of the Interior Ministery on Tuesday to protest a new immigration bill, which migrant rights’ advocates feel is overly restrictive and discourages immigration to the Czech Republic. The draft is yet to be submitted for government’s approval, but already many voices are calling for drastic changes to the document.  More

Poll: majority of Czechs blame foreigners for loss of jobs

30-04-2013 16:29 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Patrick Nijhuis / Stock.XCHNG A new survey released by the STEM polling agency suggests that Czechs, in troubled economic times, largely blame foreigners for the loss of jobs. According to the poll, two-thirds stated there were ‘too many foreigners in the country’ (there are an estimated 438,000) while 45 percent said they were against foreigners being hired. Are jobs actually at threat or is the sentiment xenophobia plain and simple?  More

Young Czech Vietnamese artists open the doors to isolated community

20-04-2013 02:01 | Masha Volynsky

Trang Luong, Diana Nguyen, photo: Masha Volynsky Probably the first generation of Vietnamese who have grown up in the Czech Republic is now coming of age. Although students and immigrants from Vietnam have been coming to this country since the 1970’s, the face and lifestyle of the Vietnamese minority is changing, with the younger generation helping to build a cultural bridge. A Prague studio called Družina is hosting a month-long series of events entitled “Czech Vietnam” that tries to bridge the gap between Czechs and their Vietnamese neighbours.  More



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