Pass a Slovak language dictation so you can work with foreigners

The draft migration policy proposal is out. Where does a foreigner find the official, certified list of cultural realities and traditions they are supposed to respect?

Foreigners' Police always comes up in coversations about migration and integration.Foreigners' Police always comes up in coversations about migration and integration. (Source: Sme)

When I read the 16-page document called “The Migration Policy of the Slovak Republic Until 2025” last night I thought of a powerful quote to use in the opening of this text.

The document is undergoing an interdepartmental review at the moment – meaning various stakeholders in the area of migration can comment on the text drafted by the Interior Ministry before it is submitted to the cabinet. Don’t hurry looking for it, because it is not available in foreign languages, and I can bet no foreigner was involved in designing it.

My initial pick for the opening quote: “The Slovak Republic adheres to the integration model, which is based, in addition to complying with Slovak legislation, also on respecting the cultural realities, language and traditions of the Slovak Republic.”

I wanted to ask where do I find the official, certified list of cultural realities and traditions I am supposed to respect? My ancestors gave you bryndza and I declare Romania defeated by Slovakia when it comes to the number of high ranking police officers, prosecutors and judges under investigation at once for corruption, abuse of power and masterminding and supporting an organised criminal group. So what else do you want from me?

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

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • 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 and

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Foreigners in Slovakia

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Economic restart after COVID-19 should be green

Slovakia’s plan for usage of money from the EU’s Recovery Fund, innovation potential and examples of green solutions of local companies and the challenge of renovating buildings are among the highlights of the…

The Velux plant in Partizánske utilises 97 percent of waste from production.

Cabinet agrees on COVID screening

More details will be presented tomorrow.


More tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

Walks along the Danube bank offer a feeling of being far from the city rush.

This place, part of Ovsištské Lúky (Ovsište Meadows) in Petržalka, is still Bratislava.

Roundup: Fairytale app that makes children read

An award-winning design by a Slovak architect and a trip to Zádielska dolina valley. Here’s your latest roundup.

A man wearing a face covering sits in an armchair on the snow-covered Main Street in Košice on January 13, 2021.