On Czech & Slovak Migration, with Dr. Zuzana Palovic

Jakub Ferencik
3 min readFeb 5, 2024

On the latest episode of “Loosely Eastern Europe,” I talk to Dr. Zuzana Palovic, an author, scholar, and the founder and co-director of Global Slovakia — an NGO dedicated to creating unique and bilingual content that communicates Slovakia’s story to a wider international audience, including its diaspora around the Globe.

I thought that I would once again bring your attention to the podcast, as I know many of you will be interested.

Here is a link to the interview on Spotify; and here is a link to the interview on Substack. Let me know in the comment section if you are having difficulties accessing it.

Photo by Sébastien Goldberg on Unsplash

Summary of Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about all things related to Czech and Slovak migration in the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

First, we talk about Dr. Palovic’s own experience as a refugee from Czechoslovakia in the 1980s coming to Canada.

Then we talk about the various waves of Slovak and Czech migration to the New World before the founding of the First Czechoslovak Republic and after during Nazi and Soviet tutelage.

Lastly, we look at how that changed in 2004 with the EU enlargement that would include Slovakia, the Czech R., Poland, Hungary, the Baltic countries, and others.

Please enjoy.

The Interview Questions

NOTE: We did not get to all of these, but I like to give my readers some background into some of the preparation and some of the desired trajectory of the episode and where it actually went.

  • Can we first talk about your early upbringing? If I remember correctly from one of our previous conversations, you had the experience of fleeing Czechoslovakia with your family and thus being a refugee, before the age of 5 years, when your family went to the refugee camps of Vienna, Austria, before becoming landed immigrants and citizens to Canada — Vancouver? Do you remember this experience? And how has it shaped your research interests?
  • You founded Global Slovakia. Can you tell us what some of your motives were and what you have seen the NGO accomplish today?
  • Now let’s get into…



Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views