HA NOI (VNS)— The Government of the Czech Republic has officially recognised the Vietnamese community living in the country as an ethnic minority group, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Prague.
The embassy said the government has chosen to extend its Ethnic Minority Council membership by welcoming two new members representing the Vietnamese and Belarusian communities. Previously, the Vietnamese representative attended the council’s meetings as an invitee.
The membership means that the Vietnamese community is the only Asian demographic acknowledged as a minority group by the country.
The Czech Ethnic Minority Council consists of members who represent 14 ethnic groups, including Bulgarian, Croatian, German and Russian communities.
Tran Viet Hung, deputy chairman of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic, said that the membership is good news for the Vietnamese community, as they will be entitled to the country’s support in developing and promoting their own culture, traditions and language.
In localities where a large number of Vietnamese people live, children will be able to study in Vietnamese, he added.
As an ethnic minority group, Vietnamese people can also use their native language in their workplaces and in the courts. They are also permitted to develop a Vietnamese-speaking television programme of their own.
The Czech Republic is currently home to about 65,000 Vietnamese legal residents. — VNS