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Czech, German experts to debate cooperation in migrant crisis

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Prague, Nov 23 (CTK) – Czech and German experts will debate their cooperation in tackling the migrant crisis and the possibilities of immigrants’ integration into society in Prague next week, the Foreign Ministry has announced in a press release.
Germany is the main target country of migrants who have been flowing to the European Union en masse since last autumn.
The Czech-German strategic dialogue on migration will take place in Prague on Monday.
The Czech delegation will be headed by Vladimir Spidla, chief adviser to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (both Social Democrats, CSSD), and the German team by Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth.
Both countries would like to focus primarily on the exchange of experience with migrants’ integration into society.
Especially high-quality integration programmes are needed to deal with the increased flow of migrants, the Foreign Ministry said.
The migrant crisis broke out in the autumn of 2015. Most refugees were heading for Germany where 890,000 arrived last year.
After the EU and Turkey signed an agreement to reduce the number of migrants getting to Greek islands from Turkey, the number of migrants coming to Europe decreased. Germany expects 300,000 this year.
The Czech Republic is not one of the main target countries for refugees. From July 2015 to mid-November 2016, the police detained 3,756 refugees in the Czech Republic.

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