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).

Humanitarian travel to help refugees in Greece and Macedonia

Humanitarian travel to help refugees in Greece and Macedonia.

Caritas CR – The Diocesan Charity Brno continues by helping refugees abroad who are on the so called Balkan route. Thanks to your donations to the account for refugees, we transported medical supplies to Greece and established contacts with Caritas Greece and Macedonia.

Caritas Czech Republic has become the main provider of integration services for refugees

Illustrative picture (photo: Jindřich Štreit).

Based on a contract signed with the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs starting January 1st, Caritas Czech Republic has been designated as the main provider of integration services for asylum seekers for the year 2016. Any support for people with the international protection status (asylum or additional protection) will go through Caritas. For 2016, the state integration program (SIP) is set for up to 2,000 eligible persons. At the same time Caritas is inviting other organization for cooperation.

"Paradise hotel" where refugees stay for free

Tonia Patrikiadou, Field manager, Caritas Hellas

"Paradise hotel" where refugees stay for free: A sanctuary for the most vulnerable. This is a project of Caritas Hellas (Caritas Greece). See this great activity on video here!

"A true Christmas carol" - The Caritas volunteer who moved earth and heaven to save a family

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Jenny was a volunteer at Caritas Athens' Refugee Centre. She came from Germany to help for one week. She was full of energy and always available to help. Despite having plenty of work and despite regular headaches due to the heat and the stress, Jenny did always take the time to sit and listen to those who needed to speak out. Read more on caritas.eu.

Exodus: Balkan route to Europe

Exodus: Balkan route to Europe

A Caritas film capturing the flight of refugees and migrants as they cross the sea from Turkey to Greece and make their way through Europe. In 2015, almost a million refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe. They’re escaping war, persecution and poverty in countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Eritrea. See video here.

Diocesan Charity Brno doesn't stop helping on the Balkan route

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Workers from the Diocesan Charity Brno (DCB) have been entrusted with engagement toward solution of the migrant crisis in the Balkans and they are intensively active with the issue. To ensure smooth running of refugee camps, they use the the volunteers' helping hands as well as material and humanitarian aid collected by people who want to help.

A team of Volunteers from Diocesan Caritas Litoměřice help refugees in Šenttijl

A Team of Volunteers from Diocesan Caritas Litoměřice Help Refugees in Šenttijl.

At the suggestion of Diocesan Caritas Brno, a team of five volunteers from Diocesan Caritas Litoměřice were sent to Šentilj (Austrian-Slovenian border). Together with Caritas Slovenia, the volunteers worked to provide material aid mainly in the form of winter clothing and non-perishable food.

Caritas continues helping refugees. Minister Dienstbier visited volunteers in Slovenia

Caritas continues helping refugees. Minister Dienstbier visited volunteers in Slovenia (photo: Diocesan Caritas Brno).

From September until present, Caritas CR – Diocesan Charity Brno released 14 journeys to help refugees, first to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and recently to Slovenia. Three hundred tons of material aid incl. medical supplies were delivered to the areas. The Diocesan Charity Brno also announced a new public collection to help refugees. On Monday November 16th, the representatives of Brno Caritas accompanied Jiri Dienstbier, the Minister for Human Rights.