The Czech Republic has now granted over 233,000 visas to people fleeing from Ukraine due to Russian aggression. According to the Czech government, 200,000 of them are welcome to stay indefinitely.
The actual number of Ukrainian refugees staying in the Czech Republic is probably higher. According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala, around 300,000 refugees have arrived in the Czech Republic since the start of the war in Ukraine. Almost half of the refugees are children, and four-fifths of the adults are women.
The government estimates that perhaps 200,000 refugees from Ukraine could end up staying in the Czech Republic permanently. As the country faces labour shortages, local employers could welcome Ukrainians.
However, to be able to work in the Czech Republic, it is necessary to learn the Czech language. “It is now a really big challenge to start massive language training in the next few weeks so that people who have even relatively high qualifications can work in their fields of expertise,” said Labour Minister Marian Jurečka, quoted by the Czech News Agency (CTK).
Another issue is the integration of Ukrainian children. As CTK reported, the Education Ministry estimates that around €200,000 should be invested in Czech schools to adapt and provide Ukrainian kids with proper education and care.
As of Tuesday 29 March, refugees fleeing the war receive temporary protection status and can stay in the Czech Republic for up to one year. During that year, they will have access to public health insurance, education, the labour market and the right to additional assistance such as accommodation. Due to the influx of refugees, the government wants to extend the state of emergency by about two months.