Geografie 2016, 121, 419-436

Coherence of Czech migration and development policy at the beginning of a recession (2008–2010)

Robert Stojanov1, Barbora Duží2, Oldřich Bureš3

1Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department o f Social Geography and Regional Development, The Geographic Migration Centre, Prague, Czechia
2Institute of Geonics of the CAS, Department of Environmental Geography, Brno, Czechia
3Metropolitan University Prague, Center for Security Studies, Prague, Czechia

Received June 2014
Accepted February 2016

This article presents an analysis of the coherence between Czech migration and development policy and the key instruments used in each of these policies at the beginning of the economic crisis lasting from 2008 to 2010. In this way, the article opens a vital question of the extent with which the policies are coherent or, on the contrary, they are opposed. The theoretical part of the article places the topic in the wider context of research into migration and development. The next section offers a brief analysis of the evolution of migration and development policy in Czechia. The empirical part presents the results of a qualitative research, based on semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted in 2010 and 2011 with 21 experts from public and academic institutions, the non-governmental sector and private lawyers dealing with the issue of migration to the country. An analysis of these interviews indicates that the coherence between Czech migration and development policy in fact does not exist as there are direct contradictions between the various approaches and tools used.


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