Czech language test puts off foreigners asking for permanent residence

An Interior Ministry report says the need to pass a Czech language test has reduced the number of foreigners who apply for permanent residence in the Czech Republic. The report, which was presented to the cabinet on Monday, says that hundreds of applicants who fulfill all the other criteria don’t turn up for the exam because of poor language skills. Since the compulsory language test was introduced a year ago, 3,800 applicants have turned up for it, with an 80 percent success rate. Czech is generally perceived as a very difficult language, especially for people who are not of Slav origin. Examiners say there have been attempts to bribe them and some foreigners even sent a double.