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Démographie

15 juin 2010 1 commentaire

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C’est d’apres une derniere etude de l’Institut tcheque des statistiques (CSU), la population totale de la Republique tcheque au premier trimestre 2010 (+ 2 600 par rapport a 2009).

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C’est le petit nombre d’etrangers en plus (net): 6 700 ont immigre au premier trimestre 2010, soit – 8 600 par rapport a 2009; 5 900 ont emigre, ce qui est 4 fois plus qu’en 2009. Et les plus importantes migrations par nationalite sont: Russie (+ 731), Ukraine (+ 726), Etats-Unis (+ 588), Vietnam (+ 411) / Slovaquie (- 1 200), Pologne (- 958), Allemagne (- 475). (Voir l’etude complete sur le site de CSU)

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C’est d’apres la meme etude le nombre d’habitants a Prague (+ 11 422 par rapport a 2009).

Les autres – être étranger de nos jours

15 février 2010 1 commentaire

Je viens tout juste de lire cet excellent article de The Economist paru dans le numero de Noel dernier. Tres bonne et pertinente analyse du pourquoi, comment, avantages et inconvenients de la vie a l’etranger en ce debut du XXIeme siecle (d’un point de vue occidental il est vrai, et pour une expatriation choisie).

Being foreign – The others
It is becoming both easier and more difficult to experience the thrill of being an outsider

For the first time in history, across much of the world, to be foreign is a perfectly normal condition. It is no more distinctive than being tall, fat or left-handed. Nobody raises an eyebrow at a Frenchman in Berlin, a Zimbabwean in London, a Russian in Paris, a Chinese in New York.

The desire of so many people, given the chance, to live in countries other than their own makes nonsense of a long-established consensus in politics and philosophy that the human animal is best off at home. (…) The error of philosophy has been to assume that man, because he is a social animal, should belong to some particular society. (…) yes, no doubt many people do feel most at ease with a home and a homeland.

But what about the others, who find home oppressive and foreignness liberating? Theirs is a choice that gets both easier and more difficult to exercise with every passing year. Easier, because the globalisation of industry and education tramples national borders. More difficult, because there are ever fewer places left in this globalised world where you can go and feel utterly foreign when you get there.

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Mon seul regret peut etre est que l’auteur aurait pu citer le grand Milan Kundera lorsqu’il parle de la nostalgie et de l’impossibilite du retour, melant les themes de l’exil, de la memoire, etc (lire our re-lire par exemple l’excellentissime: L’ignorance).

Chicagoland

Peu d’activities ces derniers temps suite a un deplacement a Chicago. J’y ai trouve un livre tres interessant: « Czechs of Chicagoland » (Malynne Sternstein, Arcadia Publishing – 2008) qui retrace, avec de nombreuses illustrations, l’emigration tcheque vers Chicago depuis la moitie du XIXeme siecle jusqu’a nos jours:

« Chicago was once the second-largest Bohemian city outside the Czech lands. The Czechs first settled, serendipitously, behind the notorious O’Leary barn. Spared the Great Fire of 1871, they were displaced several blocks south by the ensuing land crush. There they built more permanent quarters in the community that became known as Pilsen, a neighborhood whose name and architecture survive to recall its Bohemian origins. The thriving Czechs soon began a century-long move westward from Lawndale to Cicero to Berwyn, and today they flourish across the western suburbs. From the desolation of the 1915 Eastland disaster, in which hundreds of victims were of Czech descent, to the triumphant Depression-era election of Czech-born mayor Antonín Cˇermák, Czechs of Chicagoland depicts how the Czech community and its great leaders, benevolent societies, and charitable and social organizations have shaped and continue to shape the course of Chicago’s history. »

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