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).

European Carities provide humanitarian aid to refugees

European Charities provide humanitarian aid to refugees.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is concerned about the restrictions Hungary is imposing on border access for refugees. The refugees’ situation continues to worsen.

The leadership of Czech Bishop's Conference on the situation of migrants: It is necessary to act!

"We reaffirm our readiness to participate in helping people who are forced to flee from their homes, and engage in a process of integration of refugee families into Czech society." This declaration opens the Statement of the President and Vice-Czech Bishops' Conference on the current situation of migrants, issued September 10th in response to the call of Pope Francis on Sunday, September 6th.

Caritas aid arrived refugees to the south of Hungary. Advice to volunteers

Ilustrační foto.

Tonight, the two employees of the Diocesan Charity Brno came back from the south of Hungary, where at Röszke town near the Serbian border, they helped create a makeshift camp reliant on the help of volunteers and non-profit organizations. Most of the material aid intended for Budapest was eventually agreed upon with Hungarian Caritas to be transported here. Caritas workers have also been involved in distributing food.

Caritas Brno is helping refugees in Břeclav and Budapest

Caritas Brno is helping refugees in Břeclav and Budapest.

On Thursday night, together with other volunteers, the workers of Caritas Brno decided to react to the current unfavourable situation by providing help at the Břeclav station. The refugees there were provided with water, and cookies and toys from the material collection were given to the children. The helpers met dozens of famillies from Syria and accompanied them in the train from Břeclav to Brno. After boarding a direct train to Germany, the refugees looked relieved and smiled for the first time, and do you know why?

Caritas welcomes the Czech government's gesture to accept refugees

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Caritas Czech Republic welcomes the goodwill gesture of the Czech government, which expressed its agreement with accepting several hundreds of refugees from countries disrupted by war.

Risk for migrants, profit for insurances?

Caritas Czech Republic (CR) supports the campaign for public health insurance for migrants, which is launched by the Consortium of NGO’s working with migrants in Czech Republic. Caritas CR also joined the declaration on health insurance for migrants.

Formation of social-cultural mediator profession

Soon, social-cultural mediators will assist migrants and refugees in the territory of the Czech Republic integrate to majority society. This profession’s task, in which the development Caritas CR participates will be, among others, the employment of immigrants by using their knowledge and skills.