Equality only on paper. Migrants from third countries face many obstacles in Slovakia

Slovakia improved by two points in the migration index, but remains below average.

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Even though migrants in Slovakia have somewhat bigger support in some spheres, existing integration policy for their integration to society is unfavourable and incoming citizens from third (non-EU) countries still face many problems.

This stems from the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), a study on the integration of foreigners from around the world, which compares integration policies in 52 countries.

“MIPEX called Slovak attitude to integration as ‘equality on paper,’” said Zuzana Bargerová from the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK), as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Like in most countries of central and eastern Europe, migrants have fundamental rights and security ensured, but not equal opportunities.”

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