Foreigners form 4 percent of Czech population, Russians on the rise
Prague, Feb 13 (ČTK) — Four percent of people living in the 10.5-million Czech Republic are foreigners and in the capital city foreigners represent 13 percent of the population, the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) said today.
At the end of 2013, 441,500 foreigners lived in the country.
More than half of them may stay in the Czech Republic permanently, said Daniel Chytil, from ČSÚ’s workforce and migration section.
Many of the migrants live in the country for more than five years, which means that they may be granted a permanent residence.
About 238,900 foreigners had permanent residence and 202,600 had temporary residence at the end of last year.
The number of foreigners started growing in 2001 and it was the highest in 2008. In the last five years, the number was more or less stagnating, Chytil said.
The number of EU foreigners has been rising since 2011, while the influx of people from outside the European Union is lower than before.
Three-fifths of the foreigners based in the country are Ukrainians, Slovaks and Vietnamese.
“But the number of Ukrainians fell by 15 percentage points since 2008 and that of the Vietnamese by 5 percentage points. On the other hand, the number of Russians has been gradually increasing,” Chytil said.
About 60 percent of the Ukrainians who moved to the Czech Republic live in Prague and the surrounding region of Central Bohemia. About 20 percent of the Vietnamese and 45 percent of the Slovaks are based in this area.
Three-fourths of Russian immigrants live in the capital and its surroundings, while 7 percent of them stay in the Karlovy Vary Region.
“The picture of Karlovy Vary as a Russian town is rather a result of tourism,” Chytil said.
In other EU countries, foreigners form a considerably larger part of the population than in the Czech Republic.