More than 600,000 Ukrainians live legally in the Czech Republic

More than 600,000 Ukrainians live legally in the Czech Republic
More than 600,000 Ukrainians live legally in the Czech Republic

At the end of last year, the Czech police registered 636,282 Ukrainians with legal residence. The year before, there were roughly 200,000 Ukrainian citizens, the increase is related to the Russian invasion. Police President Martin Vondrášek and the head of the Foreign Police, Milan Majer, stated this at the balance sheet press conference on Monday. In total, at the end of 2022, 1,714,262 foreigners had a residence permit in the Czech Republic, compared to 660,849 a year earlier.

Majer said that last year was perhaps one of the most demanding for the foreign police, precisely because of the tasks that have arisen for the police since February 24 in connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The police officers ensured the registration of Ukrainian refugees in the assistance centers.

Vondráček recalled that Ukrainians first received visas for a stay of more than 90 days, so-called for the purpose of tolerance. From March 22, the Czechia provided citizens of Ukraine with so-called temporary protection. From the beginning of the invasion to the end of last year, a total of 659,774 Ukrainians applied for residence in the Czech Republic, and a total of 473,215 visas were issued. The police president added that in the final weeks of the year there were fewer hundreds of requests.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, by Monday, the Czech Republic had granted 480,804 temporary protection visas to refugees from Ukraine, which give holders access to public health insurance, education or the labor market. Originally, the visas were supposed to be valid for one year, but refugees can extend them until the end of March 2024.

The police chief emphasized again that the share of foreigners in crime in the Czech Republic has not increased significantly. Among Ukrainians, it rose by half a percent year-on-year. In total, foreigners participated in criminal activities last year from 10.5 percent, the year before it was from 9.3 percent. The increased criminality of foreigners is often the subject of so-called fake news.

In addition to Ukrainians, 117,265 Slovaks, 66,340 Vietnamese and 43,498 Russians also had legal residence in the Czech Republic as of December 31, 2022. Among other nationalities, Romanians (19,531), Poles (17,884) and Bulgarians (17,673) were also significantly represented. They are followed by Germans (14,032), Mongolians (11,968) and Hungarians (10,517).

The largest number of foreigners with a residence permit lived in Prague at the end of last year, there were 346,306 of them. It was followed by Central Bohemia with 159,196 foreigners, South Moravia with 111,130 foreigners, Pilsen with 80,917 and Ústí with 61,723 foreigners.

Source: ČTK

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