The population of the Czech Republic saw a significant increase in the first nine months of the current year due to migration. According to data released by the Czech Statistical Office on Tuesday, the population increased by 54,706 to 10,882,235.
The increase in population was primarily due to migration from abroad. Over 116,000 people migrated to the Czech Republic, whereas over 48,000 emigrated. “Two-fifths of those who emigrated were registered in September. This reflects the expiration of the temporary protection status for those who failed to appear for the affixing of a visa sticker in their travel document,” statisticians reminded, referring to Ukrainian refugees residing in the Czech Republic due to Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Despite the rise in population due to migration, the natural population growth in the Czech Republic has been declining. Over 69,000 children were born, but over 82,000 people died. The birth rate fell by about 11 percent compared to the same period last year, while the number of deaths was roughly seven percent lower year-on-year.
Interestingly, there has also been a decline in the number of marriages. Forty-one thousand five hundred couples got married, a 14 percent drop compared to the previous year. The number of divorces was also lower.
This data provides an exciting insight into the Czech Republic’s changing demographics, influenced by international events such as the crisis in Ukraine and domestic factors like declining birth rates.