Many Czechs have moved to Italy over the past few years, with the country also becoming the second most popular destination for Italian migrants after Spain, which welcomed over 10 million migrants in 2015.
But there’s a downside to this trend: They’re often a minority.
That’s because, as of January, the country only has 3,400 people of Czech nationality, compared to the more than 5,000 who migrated to Italy from the country in 2014, according to the European Commission.
The new data also suggests that the Czechs, who account for about 9 percent of Italy’s population, aren’t taking part in the country’s economic growth.
“In order to build a better life, we must learn to live together in harmony,” Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said at a press conference this month.
“We must learn how to manage ourselves.”