Deputy prime minister opposes Czech Republic taking in 81 Syrian refugees
The Czech Republic is to take in some 80 refugees from Turkish refugee camps under a European Union agreement. The country received details of the applicants earlier this month, and each will be vetted by the security services. Following the recent terrorist attacks in neighbouring Germany, some have already expressed opposition to their arrival – namely ANO leader Andrej Babiš.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka assured the public, though, that no one who failed background security checks would be allowed in. He also indicated that the asylum seekers would have to prepare to adapt in their adopted country. Here’s what the prime minister said:
“They have to be able and willing to integrate within the Czech Republic. They have to undergo an integration programme and they will be given international protection.”
Adam Kittl of the Interior Ministry’s Department for Asylum and Migration Policy told Czech Radio that potential candidates underwent an extended application process, which determined why they were seeking refuge in the Czech Republic, also gauging the threat to their lives were they to return home. Members of the group due to arrive in the Czech Republic, he explained, had all been familiarised with the destination country and had an interest in rebuilding their lives here.
If approved, asylum seekers can then travel to the Czech Republic where they will work closely with the aid organisation Charita. Within the national integration programme asylum seekers receive help with accommodation, employment, language lessons and access to health care. An exact date for the arrival of the latest group has not been set although. Initially reports suggested by October of this year but the vetting process could take more time. In all, the Czech Republic is to accept some 400 refugees from Syria.