(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Prague, 30 January: The number of asylum seekers in the Czech Republic dropped by half in 2002 as compared to the number in 2001, Interior Minister Stanislav Gross said at a press conference today.
Of the almost 8,500 asylum seekers, 130 foreigners received asylum in the Czech Republic in 2002, Gross added.
Deputy interior minister Miroslav Koudelny said that the reason for the drop was the new asylum law that came into effect at the beginning of last year. The law also limited asylum seekers from finding work, among other things, according to Koudelny.
"In the first year of the asylum process they …