The number of foreigners working in the Czech Republic has increased comparing to before crisis situation.
At the end of last year, the number of foreigners working in the Czech Republic was 323 200. In 2008 the number was 38 700 less. Most of the foreign workers are EU citizens, which is 75%. A number of employees from countries outside the European Union, on the contrary, decreased from 2008 by almost half.
Residents of the European Union do not need a work permit in the Czech Republic. The employer is only obliged to inform the employment center about his EU employees. While for foreigners from non-EU countries the work permit is not necessary only if:
- They have a permanent residence permit;
- They came for a family reunion;
- They have received asylum;
- Are enrolled in local schools and universities,
- Have a blue or a green card.
Over the past 15 years, the number of foreigners working in the Czech Republic increased more than threefold. In 2001, only 104 000 foreigners worked in ČR, while last year the number reached more than 323 000 employees. Among EU citizens in the list due to the number of workers in the Czech Republic, the first place goes to Slovaks, who are more than 150 000; after them come Poles, Romanians, and Bulgarians. Also, there are about 3 700 German, 3 300 British and 2600 French people working.
The second largest group of foreigners working in the Czech Republic are Ukrainians. At the end of 2015, 41 850 citizens of Ukraine worked in the Czech Republic. By the way, the number of employees from non-EU countries is decreasing. For example, in 2008 there were about 81 000 Ukrainians, while this year it became twice less.