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Nine of ten immigrants to Slovakia come from Europe

Immigrants began arriving in Slovakia on a regular basis in 1993 and they are predominantly from other European countries, the SITA newswire reported based on information from Slovakia’s Statistics Office.

Immigrants began arriving in Slovakia on a regular basis in 1993 and they are predominantly from other European countries, the SITA newswire reported based on information from Slovakia’s Statistics Office.

"Regarding international migration, more foreigners settle in Slovakia than vice versa," said the Statistics Office's Zuzana Podmanická. Over 90 percent of people coming to live in Slovakia are from a European country, coming chiefly from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Germany.

"This is not undergoing any changes, people come from these countries in the long run," added Podmanická to SITA.

Slovaks migrate mostly to European countries as well. The majority leave for the Czech Republic as well as Germany, UK and Austria. Economically-active people make up 87 percent of emigrants and 84 percent of immigrants and high school graduates prevail.

Following three years of decline, the amount of internal movement of persons in Slovakia increased in 2010. About 88,000 people moved within Slovakia last year, up nine percent y-o-y. The most frequent reasons were housing, constituting almost 36 percent. More than one-quarter of the people moved because they had followed a family member.

Slovakia gained 3,383 foreigners in 2010, 984 fewer than the previous year as 5,272 people came to Slovakia and 1,889 left. After 2025, Slovakia’s population will start declining, according to the statistics authority's estimates, but Podmanicka added that migration is a factor that will slow the trend of the natural population decrease.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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