Who will take Kuzmina as a neighbour?

In Slovakia, immigrants mostly provoke negative feelings. Not when it comes to the biathlon.

Anastasiya Kuzmina thanks her fans after silver victory on February 12.Anastasiya Kuzmina thanks her fans after silver victory on February 12. (Source: SITA)

“And who gave her that passport???” the police, “feeling excited”, wrote on their official Facebook page after Anastasiya Kuzmina won her and Slovakia’s second Olympic medal in Pyeongchang on February 15.

Let’s not to spoil the well-deserved joy of Slovaks over their Olympic biathlete star and go into the technicalities of who awards citizenship and for what motive. And let’s not talk about the bumpy ride that awaits every foreigner who needs to deal with the immigration authorities under the Police Corps. Suffice to say that the road to Slovak citizenship is thorny, to say the least, for all those who do not fare very well in sports.

Fortunately, most jobs that remain vacant in Slovakia today do not have Slovak citizenship as a requirement. All one needs is to be willing to come and live in the country and do one’s best to succeed.

This last point is not that clear to Slovakia-born folk, and the way we have been discussing migration since 2015 did not help their attitudes. The most recent example is the news from the small western Slovak town of Sereď. The mayor recently convened a public gathering to discuss with his citizens the demands of local businesses who want to build dormitories for foreign workers (most likely Serbians or Ukrainians) in the town.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Anastasia Kuzminová

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics
Foreigners in Slovakia

Top stories

Curfew and closed schools. Slovakia goes into a mild lockdown this weekend

Nationwide testing will follow, accompanied by another curfew.

Nationwide testing - an ambitious plan with an uncertain result

Antigen tests to be used work on patients with symptoms.

Police arrest top special prosecutor, suspected of helping a mafia group

Dušan Kováčik is known for not filing any criminal lawsuits.

State prepared an €100-million injection for tourism

The sector hit hard by the coronavirus crisis should see money at the end of this year.

Illustrative stock photo