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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 20/05/2009

Immigrants to finance Czech pensions

According to new statistics, without immigrants the Czech population will sink from its current 10.5 million to 8.8 million citizens by 2065. The liberal daily Mladá Fronta Dnes comments: "One can assume that the foreigners will mainly come from countries where their living standards would be worse than here. … This won't come as good news for the 'guardians of our ethnicity and racial purity': More people from the former Soviet Union, Asia, Africa, Muslims and so on. … We are going to have to get used to foreigners more than ever. In the past twenty years we have made progress in this respect. The formula according to which foreigners take away our jobs is only used as an election slogan by extremist parties nowadays. But the great fans of the 'Czech Republic for the Czechs' motto will no doubt have no problem letting taxpaying immigrants finance their pensions."

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