Hoang Dinh Thang, head of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic.
Prague (VNA) - The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has enjoyed equal rights as other recognised foreign communities there, stated Hoang Dinh Thang, head of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic.

Since being recognised as the 14th ethnic minority group in July 2013, the Vietnamese community has benefited from the rights of ethnic minority groups as stated in the Czech Republic’s law, including having a representative at the Council for Ethnic Minorities at all levels, and engaging in discussions on ethnic minority affairs.

The Vietnamese can also keep their full name in their native language and enjoy the right to learn their mother tongue in schools and maintain and promote their Vietnamese identity, said Thang.

The Czech Republic’s government and its relevant agencies have also granted funds for the Vietnamese community’s projects, including those on compiling the Czech-Vietnamese dictionary and publishing the “Bong Sen” (Lotus) magazine in Vietnamese, along with the organisation of cultural and artistic activities.

According to Thang, the Vietnamese people have been valued by the government and people in the Czech Republic for their hardworking characteristics and good integration into the host society.

They have, therefore, also been supported in the works relating to residing, studying and doing business as well as in daily activities, as have their second and third generations, he added.

The Vietnamese community is currently the third largest foreign community in the Czech Republic after those from Slovakia and Ukraine.-VNA