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Exercise: Slovakia lacks appropriate policy

This exercise is linked to the articles:  Slovakia lacks appropriate policy and Catholic charity aids refugees

Many foreigners come to study in Slovakia.(Source: SME)

IMMIGRANTS COLLEGE

1, Do you know any people who came to Slovakia from other countries? Do you know any famous immigrants, for example Albert Einstein? Why they (he) had to leave his country?

2, Which foreign languages can you hear most often in Slovak cities?

3, Would you like to have a friend from a foreign country? Which one? Why?

 

allegiance, appropriate, demography, disparage, evaluate, index, integration, lack, migrants, migration, peripheral, permission, policy, reunion, settle, struggle,

 

I, Decide whether the following statements are true or false and indicate which paragraph proves your choice.

1, The Migrant Integration Policy Index covers only European countries.

2, Migration can contribute to the development of society.

3, Migrants from non-EU countries form a significant majority in Slovakia.

4, Nitra is a region with foreign investment.

5, A Colombian immigrant initially compared the Slovak language to Chinese.

6, People don't want admit that the foreigners live in their homes because they fear the tax duty.

7, Slovakia is the only country in central Europe that has problems in offering treatment to the immigrants.

8, Waiting times for Slovak citizenship in Slovakia are about the same as the European average.

 

II Answer these questions:

1, How many countries were covered in the Migrant Integration Policy Index?

2, What share of migrants come from EU countries?

3, What are the most frequent reasons for migrants to come to Slovakia?

4, How long does it take for a migrant to get Slovak citizenship (on average).

5, How many people were arriving to Slovakia in 2008, on average?

 

What is the difference between migration and integration

 

II ARGUMENTATION:

Do you agree or disagree with these statements. Write down 3 arguments that support your opinion.

 

1, The EU should accept the refugees and create for them opportunities to work and live.

agree/disagree

a,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

c,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2, Immigrants can enrich Europe’s culture and also provide workforce and brain power.

a,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

c,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

3, Immigrants are a danger for Europe because of the costs and the threat of terrorism.

a,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

c,_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2, Imagine that you are in a discussion, defending your arguments. Think of one counter-argument your opponent might make and try to refute it.

 

BOX

INTRO:

1, What's the situation with refugees? Are they a global problem? Which countries are affected? What is European Union doing?

2, What are the reasons why people leave their country?

3, If you are a fisherman in Sicily and your boat comes across a boat full of refugees from Syria, what would you do? What is the right thing to do?

The EU is trying to make legislation allowing refugees to be redistributed proportionally to all member countries. Do you agree?

4, Does globalization help the refugees or is it one of the causes?

 

I, Answer the following questions according to the information from the text and your common knowledge.

1, Why are doctors reluctant to treat the immigrants?

2, What does the following quote suggest: “If we send a CV with the first name being Muhammad, no response comes back,”

3, How does the EU help Slovakia in terms of refugees?

4, What must be improved in order to increase the employability of the refugees?

5, Slovak Catholic Charity offers the refugees accommodation.

 

ANSWERS main article

1, The Migrant Integration Policy Index covers only European countries.

f, all EU countries Australia, Iceland, Japan

2, Migration can contribute to the development of society.

t, Though the migration and integration are described as a problem, it contributes to the society’s development,

3, Migrants from non-EU countries form a significant majority in Slovakia.

f, they comprise only about 0.5 percent.

4, Nitra is a region with foreign investment/

t, the regions with foreign investments, Bratislava, Trnava and Nitra.

5, The Colombian immigrant initially compared the Slovak language to Chinese.

t, Slovak language was kind of advanced Chinese for me

6, People don't want admit that the foreigners live in their homes because they fear the tax duty.

t, as they were afraid of needing to declare the money from the rent and pay taxes,

7, Slovak is the only country in central Europe that has problems in offering treatment to the immigrants.

f, Not only Slovakia, but the whole central European region is characterised by restricted policies and measures enabling better access of migrants to medical treatment.

8, Waiting times for Slovak citizenship in Slovakia are about the same as the European average.]

t, which is one of the longest periods in Europe

 

Answer these questions:

1, How many countries were covered in the Migrant Integration Policy Index

38

2, What share of migrants comes from EU countries?

about 2/3

3, What are the most frequent reasons for the migrants to come to Slovakia?

work, studies, family reunion

4, How long does it take for a migrant to get Slovak citizenship.

2 years

5, How many people were arriving to Slovakia in 2008, on average?

about 9,000

 

ANSWERS BOX

1, Why are doctors reluctant to treat the immigrants?

- they do not know or do not trust their permission to receive medical treatment, the refugees often do not have insurance,

 2, What does the following quote suggest: “If we send a CV with the first name being Muhammad, no response comes back,”

- that the employers are sceptical towards foreigners with Muslim background, they connect them with terrorism and the name Mohammad just 'fuels' this association

3, How does the EU help Slovakia in terms of refugees?

- it allocates certain amount of finances for the Rafael project

 4, What must be improved in order to increase the employability of the refugees?

- requalification courses and recognition of their degrees.

5, Slovak Catholic Charity offers the refugees accommodation.

F, they just help the to find accommodation, posting free

 

This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator  with the support of Petit Academy Foundation.

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