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Czechs hand much more foreigners abroad due to migrant crisis

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Prague, Aug 10 (CTK) – The Czech Republic handed 1,396 foreigners to the neighbouring countries last year, which was a 870 percent growth, a report on the situation in the sphere of migration and integration, to be debated by the government and passed to CTK, has said.

The surge compared with 2014 was caused by a large number of detained refugees who entered the country via Austria and Slovakia.

Czech authorities mostly returned them to these countries, the report said.

Based on readmission agreements, the Czech Republic handed 144 foreigners to the neighbouring countries last year and the figure was 1252 higher last year.

The Czech Republic has concluded readmission agreements with 15 countries, while the EU has concluded them with others.

There are exact rules and conditions within which people are returned to the country of their origin or from where they came before they were detained.

Last year, most, 1,078 people came to the Czech Republic from Austria. A year ago, there were only 73 of them.

The Czech Republic handed 258 people to Slovakia, 52 to Germany and eight to Poland.

Most often, Czech authorities handed Syrians (830) to the neighbouring countries. They were followed by Iraqis and Afghans, over 100 each.

On the other hand, the Czech Republic accepted 260 foreigners from the neighbouring countries, which was 224 less than a year ago.

Three-quarters of them were from Germany. In this case, the foreigners were often Ukrainians, followed by Czechs themselves who were expelled or banned from Germany.

Based on the readmission agreements, the Czech Republic handed another 32 people to distant countries such as Vietnam, Russia, Armenia, Kosovo and Bulgaria. These were the foreigners who were expelled by the authorities here.

Along with the readmission agreements, Czech authorities were busy dealing with the “Dublin cases,” within which foreigners are returned to the countries in which they asked for asylum for the first time in the EU.

Last year, the Czech Republic sent 1,706 requests to this effect to other countries, while it accepted 654 of them from other EU members.

According to the annual report, 178 transfers occurred within these proceedings last year, which was a one-half increase.

Most foreigners were handed to Hungary (115), followed by Austria (22). On the other hand, 78 migrants were sent back to the Czech Republic, mostly from Sweden, Germany and Austria.

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