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Vietnamese Czechs

2 February 1950
Vietnamese Market, Prague
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Diplomatic relations between communist Czechoslovakia and Vietnam officially started on 2 February 1950. A number of Vietnamese students and workers came to Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and 1960s. Migration from Vietnam to the socialist countries in Central Europe was further driven by East-West-geopolitics and the Vietnam War, when a bilateral treaty was signed allowing for the arrival of around 100 war orphans. After 1989, state managed migration changed into economic labour migration into the Czech Republic. At present the Vietnamese make up the third-largest ethnic group of foreigners in the Czech Republic after Ukrainians and Slovaks. Nguyen is now the 9th most common surname in the country.

Adéla Souralova...'Vietnamese families and Czech Nannies-Grandmothers' in: Towards a Global History of Domestic and Caregiving Workers (2015) 182-201