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Vietnamese Immigrants and the Czech Labour Market - Parallels and Differences from Ukrainian Work Migration

Mgr. Michal Nekorjak, Ph.D., Mgr. Ondřej Hofírek

After Ukrainians and Slovaks the third largest group of foreigners is Vietnamese. It is also a group of immigrants with the largest number of given permanent residence – so the probable future Czech citizens. According to actual existing research it is obvious that Vietnamese immigrants live rather isolated from the mainstream of society. Their isolation is significantly related to separation from the Czech labour market and to creation of specific space of economic reproduction, so-called ethnic niche, distinguished by relative self-sufficiency. The aim of the project is to describe strategies of Vietnamese immigrants and understand the reasons that lead to their use. Specificity of their strategies should not, however, cover what is general on their behaviour, and similar to strategies of other groups of immigrants exposed to social exclusion. Thus the project also deals with the question of general parallels and differences between Ukrainian and Vietnamese immigration to the Czech Republic. The gained findings will be confronted with foreign research aimed at similar topics.

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