Foreigners not only in the Czech Republic

Illustrative picture (photo: Jindřich Štreit).Caritas CR is active in the field of migration. It offers outpatient counseling and terrain forms to its clients. This service is available in six cities in the Czech Republic (Praha, Brno, České Budějovice, Litoměřice, Hradec Králové and Plzeň). Staff of Caritas CR also offer a variety of interesting integration activities, work in residential facilities for foreigners, offer direct assistance and humanitarian assistance to foreigners and support to victims of trafficking.

More than 500,000 foreigners live in the Czech Republic including those who have chosen the Czech Republic as a place for a permanent or long-term residency, who found a job or do business here, who have sought protection from political persecution or the critical economic situation in their homeland.

The coordination of migration activities

Caritas CR is engaged in coordinating activities at the national level among other Czech Caritas. The task of the migration coordinator is to provide information services and to coordinate activities within the organization as well as with partner caritas organizations. The coordinator organizes and manages regular meetings of professional colleagues for migration and refugees within the Caritas and provides training in the field of migration and integration.

Caritas Czech Republic, represented by its migration coordinator, is a member of the Committee on the Rights of Foreigners of the Government Council for Human Rights with the right to vote.

Information helpline for citizens of the Republic of Mongolia and Vietnam

The information helplines are intended for citizens of Mongolia and Vietnam living and working in the Czech Republic. Caritas CR has provided funding through various sources since January 2009. The lines help integration processes for citizens in the Republic of Mongolia and Vitenam and help them to communicate with institutions and authorities.

This project is for citizens of Mongolia and Vietnam and all others who work with the Mongolians and Vietnamese or come in contact with them. Operators speak Czech, Mongolian or Vietnamese, provide information concerning residency of foreigners in the Czech Republic, employment and related rights and obligations, health care, education, social services etc. The lines can also help contact Czech institutions that use or need interpretation assistance when they are in contact with the citizens of Mongolia or Vietnam.

The line are open three times a week:

Assistance in Mongolian and Czech language:

  • Telephone: +420 733 67 66 67
  • E-mail: mongol.info@charita.cz
  • Yahoo chat: mongol.info
  • Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 and from 14:00-16:00
  • Page in Mongolian here

Assistance in Vietnamese and Czech language: 

  • Telephone: +420 605 99 99 69
  • E-mail: vietnam.info@charita.cz
  • Yahoo chat: info_vn2012
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-12:00 and from 14:00-17:00
  • Page in Vietnamese here

The service is provided anonymously and free of charge (only charge is the price of the call).

The United Nations World Humanitarian Summit: Appeal to policymakers for determinacy

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

The first historical World Humanitarian Summit of the United Nations is objective in adopting steps to take possible mitigation and prevention measures of human suffering begins today. Czech Republic official delegation headed by vice president of government, Pavel Belobradek, are to head to Istanbul where the two-day summit is held.

Germany insists on its decision

Germany insists on its decision.

The director of Diocesan Caritas Brno Oldřich Haičman and the chief of welfare services Brno Petr Horehleď visited a German Caritas in Stuttgart. The charity is one of key providers of help for refugees and also provides long-term services. This interview consists of information about some attitudes in German society and how they cope with the new arrival of refugees. Which assumptions about problems associated with refugee integration- do they confirm?

Caritas Czech Republic raised and handed over 8 tons of material aid for refugees

Caritas Czech Republic raised and handed over 8 tons of material aid for refugees.

Caritas Czech Republic – the Diocesan Caritas of Brno – transported 8 tons of material aid worth 200,000 CZK (€7.400) to Athens. The aid was handed over to Caritas Hellas (Caritas Greece), which helps refugees extensively. Thanks to this aid, it can continue providing 700 meal portions and clothing to up to 100 people.

Pope brings hope to refugees on Lesbos

The European Union began returning newcomers to Turkey as part of a controversial deal (photo: Lefteris Partsalis/Caritas Switzerland).

Pope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, 16 April. He will meet with refugees and migrants who have made the trip by sea from Turkey. Over a million people crossed to Greece last year and 150,000 in 2016. Nearly half came to Lesbos. Most were fleeing war and poverty. Over 55 percent were women and children. Read more on caritas.org.

Cardinal Tagle meets migrants workers in Lebanon

Cardinal Tagle visited a Caritas school for the toddlers of migrant workers (photo: Caritas).

There are over a quarter of a million migrant domestic women workers in Lebanon.  Institutional and legal protection for them remains very weak. Caritas Lebanon, through its Migrant Centre (CLMC), is one of the few local organisations making efforts  to ensure decent working conditions. Read more on caritas.org.

Cardinal Tagle meets migrants workers in Lebanon (video)

Cardinal Tagle.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Caritas Internationalis President and Archbishop of Manila, went to Caritas projects for migrants during a visit to Lebanon on 28 February to 2 March. He went to safe houses, a detention centre, a school and celebrated Mass. See video here.

Europe must redeem itself: vote for the common humanitarian visa

Europe must redeem itself: vote for the common humanitarian visa.

“I fled the war in Syria with my mother, father and two brothers. We had no other choice than to pay smugglers. We went first to Lebanon and then to Tripoli (Libya) – there were people from all parts of the world. The smugglers left us to sleep in a tent for three nights, and then we embarked on a small boat. It was so scary and dark. The boat sank and we ended up alone, swimming in the open sea. My father saved me from drowning, but he couldn’t save my mum and brothers – they died before we were rescued,” remembers Amira, a Syrian refugee who made it to safety in Sweden.

International Women’s Day – time to hear the stories of refugee women

International Women’s Day – time to hear the stories of refugee women.

“I left Eritrea together with 64 men, women and children, most of whom were relatives, in December 2012. Our journey took more than 11 months, we walked through 5 countries. I was kidnapped three times by desert gunman and gang raped. I narrowly survived the sinking of a smugglers’ flimsy fishing boat, swimming through waters clogged with the bodies of more than 350 drowned passengers to reach shore. Only 3 of us survived the journey and finally reached Sweden, ”M., refugee from Eritrea, Caritas Sweden. Read more on caritas.org.