Deputy PMs: influx of Slovak Romanies "not critical problem"|
The deputy prime ministers of Slovakia and the Czech Republic have
admitted the influx of Slovak Romanies to the Czech Republic is a
problem, but not a critical one. Czech Prime Minster Petr Mares and his
Slovak counterpart Pal Csaky agreed at a meeting in Bratislava that a
special commission would be set up to address the issue. So far this
year more than 1,000 Roma families from Slovakia have sought asylum in
the Czech Republic. Mr Mares said what he described as "social tourism"
was unacceptable under European law. He said none of the 1,000 Slovak
families would be granted asylum in his country.