FOCUS SHORT

Thousands of Slovaks work in Austria

THE NUMBER of Slovaks working or studying in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and Austria is estimated to be 300,000, the Sme daily wrote in December 2012. The daily cited the findings of sociologist Miloslav Bahna from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the author of the study Two Decades of International Migration from Slovakia.

THE NUMBER of Slovaks working or studying in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and Austria is estimated to be 300,000, the Sme daily wrote in December 2012. The daily cited the findings of sociologist Miloslav Bahna from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the author of the study Two Decades of International Migration from Slovakia.

Since Slovak ministries do not keep exact data about the number of migrants, Bahna obtained much of his information from abroad.

According to Bahna’s findings, about 120,000 Slovaks work in the Czech Republic and an additional 25,000 study there. Bahna ascribes this high figure to the absence of a language barrier, relations from the time of the common state and bilateral agreements on employment and studying.

After Slovakia became an EU member in 2004, Great Britain and Ireland, which immediately opened their labour markets, became the most attractive countries for Slovaks. According to official data, 63,000 Slovaks work in Great Britain and about 10,000 in Ireland. Germany registered about 30,000 employees from Slovakia.

About 20,000 Slovaks worked in Austria at the end of 2012, while this number did not include almost 30,000 nurses for seniors, who commute to Austria for what are typically two-week terms, according to Bahna.

Higher wages are the main motivation behind Slovaks going abroad.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Foreigners in Slovakia


Top stories

Slovakia has another entry in the UNESCO – blueprint

It is not easy to create a perfect blueprinted fabric.

Russia expels Slovak military diplomat

He must leave the country within 48 hours.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovak airports have unused potential

But several obstacles prevent their growth.

The Transport Ministry will receive more funds from the 2019 budget to support the development of airports in Slovakia.

How can we improve the integration of foreigners in Bratislava?

Municipalities recognise there is a lack of outreach on the part of administrators to foreigners, but the problem goes both ways.

Several foreigners attended the latest round table hosted by the Human Rights League.