- Hans Weber
- December 6, 2023
Czech Interior Minister Stresses Individual Responsibility Amid Concerns Over Crime Rates Among Foreign Nationals
Despite the increase in the foreign population in the Czech Republic, the crime rate among foreign nationals has remained relatively stable, according to Interior Minister Vit Rakusan. At a recent press conference, Rakusan addressed concerns regarding high-profile violent incidents involving alleged Ukrainian perpetrators, emphasizing that such actions should not be attributed to collective guilt.
Rakusan highlighted that every crime would be thoroughly investigated and the offenders would face appropriate punishment. He stressed the importance of ensuring the safety of all residents in the country, regardless of their nationality.
Citing data, Rakusan revealed that in 2019, foreigners were responsible for 8.2% of total crimes in the Czech Republic, while comprising 6% of the population. The share of foreigners in the population has since risen to 10-11%. However, Rakusan clarified that the crime rate had not proportionally increased to 20%, as might be assumed. The actual rate of crimes committed by foreigners stands at approximately 11.5%.
Ukrainians, who now make up more than 5% of the Czech population, account for around 4% of crimes, Rakusan noted.
Rakusan also highlighted a positive trend in overall crime statistics. He mentioned that the number of all crimes this year had dropped by approximately 5,000 compared to the same period in 2019, indicating a decline in criminal activities. He underlined that the Czech Republic remains one of the safest countries, despite isolated incidents.
The minister cautioned against the propagation of hate speech and the manipulation of emotions for political gain. He urged responsible discourse and emphasized the importance of promoting social responsibility.
Recent high-profile cases involving violent incidents by individuals of foreign nationality have sparked public concern. Rakusan’s efforts to address these concerns while underscoring the importance of individual accountability demonstrate the government’s commitment to maintaining public safety and fostering a harmonious society.
Article by Prague Forum