Nowhere in the entire European Union was a person fleeing their homeland less likely to be granted safe harbour last year than in the Czech Republic. Fresh data from Eurostat show that in 2018 the Czech Ministry of Interior granted international protection to only 1 in 10 applicants – while not a single refugee was resettled here.
Last year the Czech Ministry of the Interior granted asylum to one in 10
applicants, iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday, citing data from Eurostat. The
chance of asylum being granted in this country is three times lower than
the EU average, the news site said.
The total number of people who received asylum or additional protection from the Czech authorities in 2018 was 155, equivalent to 15 per million inhabitants.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior said the Czech authorities received fewer applications from citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – who are considered most in danger – than states such as Germany and Greece.
The Czech Republic has a higher percentage of asylum seekers from countries like Ukraine, Georgia, Cuba and Armenia.
A total of 1,350 people applied for asylum in the Czech Republic last year,
according to figures released by the European Union’s statistics office
Ukrainians traditionally made the most asylum requests, followed by Cubans and Georgians.
The overall number of people seeking asylum in the European Union dropped by 11 percent year-on-year to 580,000. Most of the asylum seekers came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Illegal migration to the Czech Republic has stabilised since the migrant
crisis of 2015, with fewer than 5,000 people found to be in the country
last year without required papers, the Foreign Police say.
The majority of the 4,992 foreigners found to be in the country illegally were Ukrainians, followed by Moldavians, Vietnamese, and Russians. In total, that is 254 more people than in 2017.
The number of foreigners who arrived legally but overstayed their visas rose by 165 to 4,653.
The Czech society has traditionally been quite homogenous. Of course, there have always been regional differences in dialect, culture, folk music. But people understand each other no matter which part of the country they come from, consider themselves to be of one nationality. And that has started changing.
The annual IOM Summer School of Migration Studies now underway is focusing
on environmental migration, human trafficking, and the current situation in
the Middle East and Africa from the perspective of the 'migration
crisis' in Europe.
Some 100 students and other youths from more than 50 countries are attending the week-long programme in Prague, which began on Saturday at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Charles University, under the auspices of the Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček.
The project is co-funded by the U.S. Embassy in Prague within the Small Grants Program. The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Prague is a project partner.
Alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, whose extradition is being sought
by both the United States and Russia, does not have the right to asylum in
the Czech Republic on humanitarian grounds, Prague’s Municipal Court
ruled on Friday.
The decision is binding and Mr Nikulin could challenge it only by filing a cassation complaint with the Supreme Administrative Court.
Judge Dana Černá said the court had deemed the “only reason” Mr Nikulin had filed for asylum was to avoid extradition. In the US he is suspected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox, while the Russian authorities have charged him with Internet theft. He was arrested in Prague in 2016.
The Czech Interior Ministry has granted asylum to eight Chinese Christians seeking protection in the country on the grounds of religious persecution. The requests of seventy other applicants were rejected. A lawyer representing the group of Chinese Christians has said she will advise them to appeal the decision.
The Ministry of Interior has issued its first verdict in the case of around
70 Chinese Christians, who lodged asylum requests in the Czech Republic on
the grounds that they fear persecution at home. The ministry on Wednesday
denied the request to one of them, arguing that there was no proof that
they were persecuted in China.
The Chinese Christian, who applied for asylum in the Czech Republic, have been waiting for the verdict for two years. Hana Franková of the Organisation Aid to Refugees told the website Aktualne.cz that those whose request is denied will appeal the verdict in court.
Radio New Zealand National (RNZ) has reported that a Czech family – a
mother and three sons – was granted asylum in New Zealand after they
appealed. Only one of her children, aged nine, had been given refugee
status earlier, after the family had received death threats from Neo-Nazis
in their homeland Czech Republic.
The mother, Caucasian had been married to, but since separated from, her Roma partner, the broadcaster said.
Her eldest child was reportedly segregated in school in Czechia and attacked while her second son, who is adopted, was the only one to receive refugee status.
The tribunal hearing the case pointed to growing intolerance in the form of anti-Roma riots, marches and demonstrations in 2013 in the Czech Republic and racism and hate crimes it saw as becoming more and more normal, and ruled the whole family was at risk of persecution.
The European Commission has initiated infringement proceedings against the Czech state for systematic discrimination.