Czech asylum seekers allegedly appear in Canada

01-03-2008

The ČTK news agency reports that Czech citizens applying for asylum in Canada and abusing its social system have again appeared in Canada following the recent lifting of Canadian visas for Czechs. If the number of Czech asylum seekers increases considerably and exceeds the set limit there is a threat that Canada would reimpose visa requirements for Czechs. According to a Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Canada does not view the current situation as alarming and is not considering reintroducing visas for Czechs. Canada lifted visas for Czech citizens last November. The country imposed visa requirements for Czechs in 1997 following an influx of Czech asylum seekers, mostly Romanies.