The Czech Republic is not a great example of a multicultural country. While the large ethnic German and Jewish minorities from pre-war Czechoslovakia - have all but disappeared, the country never experienced the kind of large-scale immigration seen in some Western countries after the war. But according new figures published by Czech Statistical Office the situation seems to be slowly changing. There are currently 250.000 foreigners living legally in the Czech Republic, which is six times as many as fifteen years ago.
Employment in high skilled professions in the Czech Republic is below the EU average but higher than in Austria, Spain and Italy, according to European Union Council documents published by the Czech financial internet server Mesec.cz. In the Czech Republic employees in high skilled jobs account for 34 percent, the fifteenth highest figure in the 25-nation block. At the top of the ladder are the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than 40 percent. Low-skilled employees make up 45 percent in the Czech Republic. A lower number within the EU can only be found in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Slovakia.
Tens of thousands of Eastern Europeans work in the United Kingdom illegally as seasonal farmhands, in fish-processing factories, on construction sites, in hotels, and the like. Such jobs are in great demand, and swindlers have taken full advantage. A reporter for the BBC recently infiltrated a group who fell victim to false promises of work in the U.K; bogus job mediators — some of them Czech — had been meeting their victims at British airports, taking hefty referral fees, giving contact details for phantom employers — and promptly disappearing,
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It will take Czechs, Poles and Hungarians decades to reach Western European income levels, according to a study by the Economist Corporate Network quoted in the Czech paper Lidove noviny on Friday. The report suggests the new EU member states will never catch up with Germany in terms of wages, but should reach the same levels as the Spanish and Portuguese in 14 to 18 years.
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The ranks of the unemployed in the Czech Republic grew by 24,000 people last month; data released this week showed that as of December, nearly some 542,000 people were out of work, or 9.5 percent of the working age population. That is the highest monthly rate of unemployment in six months. In related news, the number of people running small private businesses, including medical clinics and farms, dropped by 53,000 last year; analysts say a change in the tax code requiring advance payment of a set rate of taxes had led to the decline in entrepreneurship.
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