STOJANOV, R.; BUREŠ, O.; SEIDLOVÁ, A.; KLVAŇOVÁ, R.; ŠTĚPÁNKOVÁ, R.; PROCHÁZKA, D. (2022): Koherence českých migračních a rozvojových politik (Coherence of Czech migration and development policies). Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno. Available at: https://smartmigration.cz
ROSENGAETNER, S., de SHERBININ, A., STOJANOV, R. (2022) Supporting the Agency of Cities as Climate Migration Destinations. International Migration, http://doi.org/10.1111/imig.13024 (IF2020 = 1.946)
As climate migration has garnered the interest of research and policy communities over the last two decades, the focus has been on whether, how and where climate stresses might precipitate out-migration, and how to assist and protect those affected. Less attention has gone to the places that receive climate migrants, and how their arrival might affect adaptation at destination. Against the backdrop of increasingly severe climate disruptions, this paper examines the likelihood of climate-related movements going into urban areas, and the challenges that this may entail for those who move and for urban governance. With much of climate migration projected to feed into existing urbanization trends, we see the need for data and research to help bolster the agency of communities and cities to plan and act locally, and across geographies, for inclusion and resilience, and to advocate collectively for enabling policy frameworks and increased national and international support.
STOJANOV, R., KLVANOVA, R., SEIDLOVA, A., BURES, O. Contemporary Czech migration policy: ‘Labour, not people’? Population, Place and Space (2022) https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2533
This paper offers an analysis of the Czech migration policy since the so-called European Union (EU) migration crisis in 2015 and its key instruments when it comes to migrant workers from third (non-EU) countries. On the basis of semi-structured interviews with 80 experts on various aspects of migration policymaking, we identified three key features of Czech migration policymaking: (i) perception of migration as a threat, (ii) orientation on temporary labour migration and (iii) lack of coherent and systematic conceptual approach towards migration. Jointly, these features explain a central paradox of the contemporary Czech migration policy: the contradiction between a strong anti-immigration political discourse and the actual numbers of immigrants that has been rising steadily. Similarly to other European countries, there has been a growing tendency towards selectiveness in Czech migration policy, manifested in recent instruments specifically focused on attracting highly qualified migrants. However, the selection criteria are mainly based on the country of origin, and the quotas for incoming migrants reflect the existing administrative capacities and short-term needs of the current Czech labour market for low- and middle-qualified professionals rather than long-term economic goals and demographic needs. Since the global economic recession (2008–2010), Czech migration policies have still not genuinely considered the fact that it is people, rather than just ‘labour’, who come to the Czech Republic.