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More refugees seek shelter in Slovakia

More than 800 people have so far applied for asylum in Slovakia this year, four times more than during the same period last year, said Bernard Priecel, director of the Migration Department of the Interior Ministry.

Currently, 100 people who have already been given an official refugee status live in the Humanitarian Center in southern Slovakia's Gabčíkovo. An additional 300 people are living in other camps pending official decisions on their cases. The majority of the refugees hail from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, and Sri Lanka.

Since the founding of the Slovak Republic in 1993, 3,000 refugees have applied for asylum here, and 500 have been successful. Priecel attribute the recent rise in numbers to the increasing credibility of Slovakia and the tightening of the Slovak-Austrian and Slovak-Czech borders.

Slovak law stipulates that everyone who fears persecution for racial, religious, or other objective reasons can apply for asylum in the country.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

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US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

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Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

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