- Hans Weber
- January 30, 2023
According to Rakušan, schools will accept Ukrainian students without discriminating against Czech students
Schools will accept new arrivals from Ukraine at the start of the new school year, with no restrictions on Czech pupils. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Vít Rakušan (STAN) said this after a government meeting on Wednesday, citing enrolment data. He did not specify the number of Ukrainians enrolled.
Rakušan added that 105,000 refugees had found work in the Czech Republic. According to him, refugees from the war in Ukraine do not burden the health system.
War refugees from Ukraine began arriving in the Czech Republic after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. According to the Interior Ministry, 412 959 of them have obtained visas since the beginning of the invasion.
The exact number of refugees from the war staying in the Czech Republic is unknown. Some of them leave for other countries or return to Ukraine.
In June, the authorities estimated that some 280 000 to 300 000 refugees remained in the Czech Republic. According to the Ministry of the Interior, children and young people under 18 accounted for about one-third of the total as of June 22.
According to data from the Ministry of Education, by the end of June, some 39 000 children from Ukraine had entered schools in the Czech Republic since the start of the Russian invasion. The number of Ukrainians enrolled in schools for the next school year will be known more precisely during the second half of August.