2004 OECD Economic Surveys: Czech Republic 2004

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OECD's periodic survey of the Czech economy. This issue's special feature covers migration. The survey opens with a detailed review of economic conditions and policy challenges and is followed by an assessment of fiscal policy, public expenditure reform, and the Czech strategy for adopting the Euro. Four additional chapters assess Czech policy towards business, employment, immigration, and the environment.

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Immigration Policy

Addressing the Needs of an Ageing Labour Force

Since 1989 the Czech Republic has been increasingly exposed to international migration. With one of the highest incomes per capita in central and eastern Europe, the Czech Republic has received more immigration flows than the other countries in the region. Indeed, immigration has typically exceeded emigration, making the country one of net immigration. Nevertheless foreigners are still only a relatively small share of the population and integration issues are just beginning to surface, and fears of swelling migration flows in both directions after EU accession appear unfounded. Also, migration arising from the joint labour market agreement with Slovakia is helping to overcome imbalances in the labour market. Policy is only beginning to address immigration issues actively and...

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