Associations of foreigners are generally presented as platforms for meetings, information exchange and social networking. But they are also cultural identity holders and centres for altruistic help and solidarity. During the integration process the associations of foreigners may as well help to reduce the socio-economic disorientation of immigrants in the host society and to facilitate the insertion of immigrants in the labor market. This study offers a broad insight into the intra- community life of Sub-Saharan Africans and migrants from former Yugoslavia residing in the Czech Republic. It analyses the basic functions of associations of Sub-Saharan and ex-Yugoslav foreigners, their forms, dynamics, and effi ciency with respect to their immigration context and the economic cycle. Moreover, the study underlines to what extent the socio-cultural proximity between the country of origin and the Czech Republic and the socio-economic situation of migrants in the host society affect the creating of associations of foreigners. The research fi ndings come from electronic surveys with academicians and semi-structured interviews with both representatives of associations of foreigners and migrants themselves.
Community life; Social Cohesion; Economic crisis; Sub-Saharan Africa; Yugoslavia