Vietnamese Want Ethnic Minority Status
The prospering Vietnamese community in Slovakia is contemplating applying to be classed as a national minority, with a 5,000 strong community in the country, according to an article last week in SME daily.
Although no official application has been lodged with the competent authorities, as the requirements are not met, the Vietnamese civil association dealing with the issue plans to consult the situation with lawyers before taking next step in what would surely be a long and possibly senseless process.
A similar attempt was made twice by the 60,000 strong Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, but both were rejected as the government regards them as economic immigrants and not a historical minority (most came after the 1950s). Thirteen ethnic minorities are currently recognised in Slovakia, according to the daily.