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Canada to reintroduce visas for Czechs due to the influx of asylum seekers

In Economy, Politics on July 6, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

Continuous update post

Although the Canadian government has been reluctant to officially confirm it, several official and a few media sources recently claimed that Canada is about to reintroduce the visa regime for Czechs that has been lifted in 2007. It is a reaction to a very high number of Czech Roma who seek asylum in Canada – and the number has exceeded a certain threshold.

Canadian official authorities recently established that the asylum seekers are motivated by their economic and financial “situations” and that citizens of the Czech Republic are not persecuted…

TO BE UPDATED…

UPDATE JULY 9: Czech Interior Minister Martin Pecina offered his Canadian counterpart that the Czech Airlines would cease its Prague-Toronto flights. In the meantime, some media found out that there were more asylum seekers from the democratic Czech Republic than from Iraq and Afghanistan combined…

Anyway, so far nobody has officially said when the visa regime is to be reinstated

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