Over 524,000 foreigners in the Czech Republic

The level of foreigners has been at almost 5 percent for most of 2017

The Czech Republic from most of 2017 has had over half a million foreigners legally registered from both EU and non-EU countries. It is the highest level ever, according to statistics from the Ministry of Interior.

As of Nov. 30, 2017, there were 524,132 foreigners made up of 296,231 men and 227,901 women who had temporary or long-term residency. According to the Czech Statistical Office, the total population of the Czech Republic as of Sept. 30, 2017, was 10,597,473, so foreigners make up 4.95 percent of the population.

Slovakia accounted for 111,533 of the foreign population and Ukraine accounted for 116,998, and together those two nationalities combined accounted for 43.6 percent of all foreigners.

Vietnam had 59,727 people across the Czech Republic, Russia had 36,738, Germany had 21,249, Poland had 20,645, Bulgaria had 13,682, and Romania had 12,449.

The number of Americans is far fewer than most people would estimate. Americans account for just 8,966 registered foreigners, while Brits are at 6,678.

Italy lagged behind in the list with 4,900 while France had 3,949. Irish accounted for just 824.

There were 14 “refugees by convention.”

The number of legally registered foreigners crossed the half-million mark in February 2017.

Prague at the end of November had the largest number of foreigners of any district, some 194,892, and Prague-East has 12,765 and Prague-West had 10,980. There were 6,118 Americans in Prague, which is also fewer than many people would guess.

Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, had 29,584 foreigners in total while Plzeň had 15,516.

According to the Czech Statistical Office, immigration is the biggest driver of Czech population growth. In the first three quarters of 2017, the Czech population rose by roughly18,700. There were some 16,500 more people immigrating to the Czech Republic than leaving it. The positive balance of births against deaths accounted for just 2,300 people. In the long term, without positive immigration, the Czech population would be dropping.

The Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, at 3.8 percent at the end of 2017, according to the Czech Labor Office. The Czech Statistical Office, which uses different methodology, had it at 2.5 percent in November.

Economic experts say that a lack of employees especially for skilled jobs will cause the economic growth that the Czech Republic is experiencing to slow down as producers won’t be able to meet the demand for products and services due to lack of staff.

Easing the rules for qualified foreign workers has been suggested as a way to keep the Czech economic growth going.

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