Sarapatka told Radio Praha recently that given Ukrainians "European mentality" and "Christian culture," they would be much preferred by the country to immigrants and refugees from the Middle East or Asia.
"We are obliged to meet the challenge of immigration, rather than wait to see what the "winds of war" in the Middle East or some catastrophe in Asia brings us," Sarapatka explained. "For example, in Ukraine, there is an ongoing civil war. A lot of people need help. These people want to change their lives, and are willing to do so. So why then does the Czech Republic allocate to Ukrainian students only ten scholarships a year to study in our universities? We need specialists in many professions, people of the European mentality, of the Christian culture. Why then can't the government change the current system and to give Ukrainians not tens by thousands of scholarships?" In such a case, "we will receive from Ukraine a new, young, intelligent generation," the parliamentarian explained. "Then these people would come to know about the Czech Republic from the inside, to stay and live with us, to create their careers and future here."
Czech authorities believe that in connection with the continued conflicts around the world, including in the Ukraine, the number of undocumented immigrants will only continue to grow. Last month, Czech authorities noted their readiness to accept about 100-150 Volynsk Czechs believed to be caught in the conflict zone in Donbas.
With regard to the thousands of other Ukrainians who might seek to find safe haven in the Czech Republic, Minister of Internal Affairs Milan Chovanec noted that the country does not have the resources to absorb the immigrants, and that they their potentially large numbers could pose a "security risk" for the country.
Radio Praha journalist Kirill Shelkov has observed that "Czech society's attitude toward the Ukrainians generally cannot be described as negative. Ukrainians go to work in the professions ethnic Czechs aren't willing to work, and for wages the Czechs aren't willing to take." Czech social scientists have noted that along with Roma, Ukrainians are generally considered to represent a social underclass.