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Poll: Majority of Czechs think too many foreigners work in country

30 April 2013

Prague, April 29 (CTK) - Three-quarters of Czechs think that there are too many foreigners working in the country and the same amount of people claim the employment of foreign nationals deprives Czech citizens of work, said a poll carried out by the agency STEM.

Almost two-fifths of Czechs admit that in some professions the country would not do without foreigners, the poll has revealed.

"Comparing results of this year's survey with previous data, ... we see that the opinion that there are certain jobs where hiring a foreigner is the only way of dealing with the labour shortage has gradually diminished," the agency said.

On the other hand, the opinion that foreigners are depriving Czechs of work has been slightly more frequent among respondents over the past two years, according to STEM.

The lower the level of education and lifestyle, the higher the number of people who are convinced that there are a great many foreigners working in the country and that employment of foreigners is depriving Czechs of work, according to the poll.

Unemployed people as well as pensioners and entrepreneurs have strong arguments against foreigners. Students are more tolerant although most of them do not think that the Czech Republic would need them badly to fill gaps in the labour market. Also for them, foreigners are potential competitors, STEM said.

A total of 1,009 people aged over 18 took part in the April survey.

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