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The role of women in the integration of foreign family in the Czech society

Proces integrace rodin cizinců do majoritní společnosti České republiky s ohledem na jejich sociokulturní specifika a role žen v procesu integrace (Original language title)

This monograph maps the process of integration of Third Country National families from Ukraine, Vietnam and Russia into the Czech society with regard to their socio-cultural characteristics. It particularly looks into the role of women in this process. It also includes measures to promote in order to strengthen the integration of these families into the majority society.

The study is based on an empirical survey conducted with 1,219 respondents in seven selected regions of the Czech Republic. Research outputs have been enriched and deepened by a secondary analysis of available relevant sources. 

Main findings

While most respondents say they (and their family) plan to stay in the country and apply for Czech citizenship, almost half of them do not wish to raise their children as Czechs. In addition, although respondents state that they have rather positive relations with the majority population, most wish to maintain their respective countries´traditions and habits.

Limited knowledge of the Czech language is a major obstacle for their integration. Family plays an important role in that regard, mainly for the first generation of immigrants, as family members are key sources of information for orientation in the host society. In this context, women are predominantly responsible for communication with institutions and schools.

Next to families, compatriot associations enjoy the greatest trust of respondents. Their trust in the majority population is also rather high while foreigners tend to show less confidence in organisations providing services to immigrants; probably due to relatively low awareness on their existence.

The study (in Czech)

Source: RILSA