- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Ukrainian Refugees in the Czech Republic Contribute CZK 12-15 Billion in Taxes Amid Ongoing Support Amendments
Refugees from Ukraine working in the Czech Republic are poised to make a substantial economic impact, contributing an estimated CZK 12-15 billion in taxes this year, as reported by Labour Minister Marian Jurecka (KDU-CSL). The revelation comes as a testament to the positive economic integration of Ukrainian nationals in the country, who are now actively participating in the Czech labor market.
As of the latest available data, a total of 113,000 individuals with temporary protection status were employed at the beginning of this week. This significant workforce presence underlines the role of Ukrainian refugees in bolstering the nation’s economy, with contributions spanning various sectors, including companies, services, healthcare, and social care.
The Czech government has been actively involved in providing support to refugees from Ukraine, and the Labour Ministry is in the process of preparing yet another amendment to the lex Ukraine law. Minister Jurecka explained that this forthcoming change aims to extend the scope of support available to refugees and potentially revise the conditions of payment. The most recent adjustments to the law were implemented in July, reflecting the government’s ongoing commitment to addressing the evolving needs of Ukrainian refugees.
Interior Ministry data reveals that, as of the latest count, there were 367,700 individuals with protection visas in the country. This group primarily comprises women and children, highlighting the humanitarian aspect of the Czech Republic’s response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis.
The current system of support for refugee housing underwent changes in July. While the state continues to cover emergency accommodation expenses for refugees who are capable of working for five months, thereafter, refugees are required to assume these costs or make alternative arrangements. Vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly, and the disabled, continue to receive free accommodation.
Jurecka emphasized the fairness and efficiency of the existing support system, despite criticisms from refugee aid organizations regarding reduced assistance. The Labour Minister defended the adjustments, stating that they were set up in a motivating and equitable manner.
Refugees from Ukraine have been granted temporary protection in the Czech Republic until the end of March 2024. However, the European Union has recently agreed to extend this deadline by an additional year. The Czech cabinet has approved the sixth amendment to the lex Ukraine law, which will extend protection until March 2025. This amendment is slated for discussion in Parliament and subsequent presidential signature.
Furthermore, the Labour Ministry is already planning a seventh amendment to address social assistance issues. Jurecka noted that this amendment will likely extend the provision of aid for another year. It will also consider data on the disbursement of humanitarian benefits and the income of refugee households following the July changes, allowing for potential rule adjustments in response to evolving circumstances.
Article by Prague Forum