Migration Policy of the Czech Republic, Legal and Illegal Migration in the Czech Republic and in the European Union, Visa and Readmission Policy, Analytical Centre for Protection of State Borders and Migration
- Migration Policy of the Czech Republic
- Support of Legal Migration at the European Level
- Approach of the Czech Republic to Legal Migration
- Green Cards
- EU Blue Card
- Approach to Illegal Migration in the Czech Republic and the European Union
- Programme for Support in Combating Illegal Migration
- Visa Policy
- Readmission Policy
- Programme for Voluntary Returns
- Analytical Centre for Protection of State Borders and Migration
Programme for Voluntary Returns
The issue of assisted voluntary returns of foreign nationals has been addressed, on a long-term basis, by the Ministry of the Interior for failed applicants for international protection, for foreign nationals who have been issued with a decision on administrative expulsion and have been given a deadline for leaving the territory of the Czech Republic and for those foreign nationals who have been placed in detention centre in connection with an issued decision on administrative expulsion.
With effect as of 21 December 2007, foreign nationals who have been issued a decision on administrative expulsion, do not have any travel documents and are unable to cover the costs associated with leaving the territory of the Czech Republic from their own resources, have been given the opportunity to apply to the Ministry of the Interior for payment of the costs associated with their leaving the country. If the Ministry of the Interior complies with such a request and pays the costs associated with the return, the foreign national will become obliged to subsequently pay an amount equal to one half of such costs to the Ministry of the Interior. The foreign national will be on the list of personas non grata until the time when s/he pays this amount, however, for a maximum period of 6 years. This means that the foreign national cannot be permitted to enter the territory of the Czech Republic in this period.
Foreign nationals filing an application with the Ministry of the Interior for payment of the costs associated with their leaving the country must also meet the condition that they do not have any valid travel documents. If such a request is granted, the Ministry needs to ensure for the foreign national concerned the documents necessary for him/her to leave the country. Such a document is in particular a substitute travel document issued by the authorities of the foreign national’s country of origin. In order to ensure the necessary documents and other necessary pre-departure assistance for foreign nationals whose requests have been granted, the Ministry of the Interior created the Programme for Voluntary Returns. The assistance services provided under this programme are ensured by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The assistance provided by IOM is oriented particularly on obtaining the necessary travel document, communication with the embassies of the countries concerned and ensuring the financially most advantageous way for the foreign national to leave the Czech Republic. All the services, except for the transport costs, as mentioned above, rendered to foreign nationals under the Programme for Voluntary Returns are free of charge.