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Statistics: Czechs tend to move from towns

ČTK |
2 May 2016

Prague, April 29 (CTK) - Czechs tend to move from big towns to the adjacent districts, as a result of which the town population has fallen and that of the surrounding areas has risen in the past five years, according to the data the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) released on Friday.

The districts with the steepest-rising population are Prague-East, Prague-West, Beroun and Nymburk, all surrounding the capital of Prague, and also Brno-countryside in the vicinity of the capital of Moravia.

Inhabitants have also been leaving the north Moravian capital of Ostrava for the nearby Karvina district, and the west Bohemian centre Plzen for the districts situated to the south and north of it.

"Particular regions mainly owe their population increase to new developer projects. Their population has mainly risen as a result of people's migration, and consequently as a result of a higher number of newborn children," Michaela Nemeckova, from the CSU demographic statistics, said.

For example, domestic migration influenced the population increase of the Beroun district, southwest of Prague, at 92 percent in the past five years, and of the Nymburk district, northeast of Prague, at 90 percent.

On the other hand, more than a half of Czech districts have seen their population decrease in the past five years.

The decline has been the most palpable in the Karvina district (4.4 percent) and another north Moravian district, Jesenik (3.5 percent).

Ostrava is no longer a city with 300,000 inhabitants, which it was five years ago. At the beginning of this year, its population stood at about 293,000, which was a year-on-year decline by 1,500 people.

The population has also dropped in other north Moravian towns such as Karvina and Havirov.

In Prague, a town with 1.2 million inhabitants, the population rose by 33,000 in the past five years. Out of the newcomers, 23,000 were migrants, mainly foreign ones, CSU chairwoman Iva Ritschelova said.

Before the 1989 fall of communism, Czechs tended to move to cities and big towns. The opposite trend has prevailed since the 1990s.

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