According to the Czech Foreign Ministry there are now more than two million Czechs living abroad. The people making up the country’s expat communities in different parts of the world include those who fled the communist regime in several waves during the 20th century or those who escaped the Nazi threat. Some married abroad or used the opportunity to live and work abroad with the return of democracy close to 30 years ago. I spoke to the government’s special commissioner for expats Jiří Krátký about the process of renewing broken ties after 1989,
A small community of Czechs have been living in the Banat region of south-western Romania for almost two hundred years. In many ways the area looks like the Czech lands would have looked a century ago, with most of the work still done by hand. Alena Gecse, a local school teacher has co-authored a book for school children about the Czech minority in Romania. She told Radio Prague how the first wave of immigration began.
The Czechs of Romania mainly inhabit the Banat region in the south of the country, along the River Danube. There are an estimated 2,000 of them living in six ethnically Czech villages: Svata Helena, Gernik, Rovensko, Bigr, Eibental and Sumice. In many ways their lives have been untouched by the modern world.