Geografie 2007, 112, 204-220

Spatial distribution of immigrants in Czechia and its influencing factors: An attempt at quantitative analysis

Josef Novotný, Eva Janská, Dita Čermáková

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

This paper focuses on spatial distribution of immigrants in districts of Czechia. Firstly, a brief description of the distribution is given with respect to the main groups of immigrants according to their citizenship. Then we examine the issue empirically by correlation and regression analyses trying to find out which factors explain the immigrants' distribution. A significant relationship has been found between geographical macro-position of districts and both the absolute numbers and relative shares of foreigners in population. Interestingly, the factor of settlement hierarchy is significant only for the absolute numbers of immigrants. In addition, factors such as aggregate economic level and unemployment rate have not been found significant when controlling for other factors. A question for further research is the relationship that has been indicated between both the characteristics of foreigners' distribution and the level of criminality.


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