Czech MPs have just passed a bill aimed at tightening conditions for foreigners and curbing economic migration. The government argues that the new rules are necessary for security reasons. But employers are struggling to fill positions and fear the legislation may make things worse, Radio Praha writes.
If Senators also approve the bill, employers will be barred from taking on foreigners from outside the EU if the firms get into debt, fail to pay social insurance or are found guilty of making illegal hires.
The legislation also targets so-called hidden agencies, which hire foreign workers without Office of Labour approval.
In addition, foreigners who apply for residence will see that procedure halted if they provide false information or documents. Prior criminal conviction may also be taken into account.
Read more in full article by Radio Praha.