Figures from the end of 2010 show that there were 18,200 foreigners working in Slovakia, which is 3,000 more then in 2009, reports webnoviny.sk based on official figures of the Labour Office (UPSVaR).
The most numerous group come from Romania, as there were 2,900 Romanians working in Slovakia at the end of last year, an increase of almost 600 over the year before. A close second was occupied by Czech citizens, with a figure of 2,800 at the end of 2010.
An additional 653 Poles came to work in Slovakia last year, taking the number of Polish workers to 2,000 while 302 more Hungarians joined the Slovak labour market to total around 1,700.
More than a third of all foreigners working in Slovakia (6,500) are based in Bratislava, which is followed by Trnava with just 1,400, thanks also to the Peugeot-Citroen plant there.
Officially there were no foreigners working in the districts of Gelnica, Spišska Nova Ves and Poltar, based on the Labour Office statistics from the end of 2010.
Alec, there are 9,400 quoted in the article from the surrounding countries. The rest will be from every other country in the world. For example, there is a huge South American and African population here, not to mention French, German, US, UK, Russian, Ukraine etc.
The figures given for foreigners working in Slovakia seem a little strange. 8,600 are qouted as coming from surrounding Eastern Europea countries so where on earth are all the other 10,000 from?