New Migration Dynamics: the Influx from Ukraine after the Outbreak of War in Ukraine and Opportunities for Job and Business Growth in the Czech Republic
At a time when the world is constantly changing and globalisation is increasing the links between countries, individuals are looking for new opportunities that abroad can offer. The Czech Republic is becoming an attractive destination for foreigners from outside the European Union (EU) looking for employment opportunities, business growth or family connections. This article will focus on the recent developments in migration from Ukraine in the wake of the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the various opportunities the Czech Republic offers to non-EU foreigners in terms of work, business and long-term residence, and the legislative framework that governs this migration.
Migration from Ukraine and the War in Ukraine
After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, there was a substantial increase in migration from Ukraine to various countries, including the Czech Republic. People are looking for safety, stability and better living conditions outside the conflict zone. The Czech Republic has become a destination for many Ukrainian citizens looking for new opportunities. This influx of non-EU foreigners is a major challenge for the Czech legal system and society.
Work and Business Opportunities for Non-EU Nationals
The Czech Republic offers a wide range of opportunities for non-EU nationals wishing to work or do business in the Czech Republic. Here are some typical ways for a foreigner to obtain a residence and work permit:
- Work Permits: A foreigner can obtain a work permit on the basis of a job offer from a Czech employer. The employer must prove that it cannot fill the position with a suitable Czech or EU worker. The work permit is issued on the basis of the Employment Act.
- Business License: A foreigner may conduct business in the Czech Republic on the basis of a business permit. This process involves demonstrating sufficient financial resources and a business plan. A business permit allows a foreigner to set up their own business or become a co-owner of an existing business.
Long Term Visa and Permanent Residence for Non-EU Nationals
Non-EU nationals can also obtain a long-term visa and permanent residence in the Czech Republic. A long-term visa allows a foreigner to stay in the Czech Republic for a period of 1 to 2 years. To obtain a long-term visa, the foreigner must provide evidence of the purpose of his/her stay and demonstrate sufficient financial resources.
Permanent Residence: In order to obtain permanent residence, a foreigner must meet certain conditions, such as being related to a Czech citizen or permanent resident, long-term residence in the Czech Republic and a minimum level of Czech language skills. After a certain period of permanent residence, the foreigner also has the possibility to apply for Czech citizenship.
The Czech Republic is becoming a focus for non-EU foreigners seeking better living conditions, job opportunities and family connections. The war in Ukraine has increased migration from Ukraine, which has had an impact on the Czech legal system and society. The country offers foreigners different types of residence permits, work opportunities and pathways to permanent residence or even citizenship. With this trend comes new challenges and opportunities for the Czech Republic, which is trying to integrate new arrivals effectively while maintaining the stability and prosperity of the country. So far, it has managed the migration wave very well.