Ministry plans to improve information for prospective foreign workers
The Interior Ministry has announced plans to reform its network of information offices in foreign countries, as part of the government's attempts to fight on illegal immigration. Existing offices will concentrate on explaining on how migrants can work legally in the Czech Republic. Rob Cameron has more.
Interior Ministry asylum and immigration specialist Frantisek Bublan - no relation to the Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan - told Radio Prague that existing information centres in such places as Ukraine, Moldava and Armenia would follow the example of the centre in Georgia, which he recently had the opportunity to visit.
"The principle of the centre is not to dissuade anyone from travelling to the Czech Republic. The centres work by providing all the legal information someone needs to get to the Czech Republic legally, work here legally, pay tax here, and then return legally to Georgia."
"There has been a change in the number of people who try and enter the Czech Republic illegally or apply for asylum here. We've noticed that the number is falling, although obviously it's not just thanks to this project. There are lots more factors involved."
The ministry is also planning a major change in its approach to illegal immigrants already working in the country. Under the strategy unveiled this week, the government plans to treat illegal workers as victims of organised crime, rather than as criminals.