The number of foreigners legally residing in the Czech Republic constitutes one tenth of the population. Their number increased by 455,305 year-on-year to 1.12 million people at the end of last year.
Ukrainians make up the majority of the total number of foreigners in the Czech Republic, at the end of 2022 there were over 630,000. They are followed by citizens of Slovakia and Vietnam. This follows from a publication published today by the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ).
“Citizens of Ukraine started coming to us in the early 1990s, especially for work, but their numbers were low at that time. Over time, they increased to 636,000 registered persons by the end of 2022. The share of Ukrainian citizens thus reached almost six tenths of the total number of foreigners in our country,” said Jarmila Marešová, migration expert from the Department of Labor, Migration and Equal Opportunities of the CZSO.
According to the chairman of the CZSO Marek Rojíček, foreigners with one of the types of temporary residence participated in last year’s increase. At the end of last December, 70 percent of foreigners had a temporary residence permit, and about 30 percent had a permanent residence permit. There were 2,456 foreign citizens with asylum in the Czech Republic. The largest number of foreigners live in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region. According to the CZSO, there were about 345,300 of them in the capital last year, and 159,000 in Central Bohemia.
Last year, as a result of the arrival of mothers with children from Ukraine, the proportion of women among foreigners in the Czech Republic increased significantly. “The representation of women (…) reached an overwhelming majority of 51.1 percent for the first time in the entire period of monitoring of migration statistics,” the statisticians said. In 2021, their share was 43.5 percent.