SEEMIG Local Strategy for enhancing migration data production and
(Proposal for a local strategy data enhancement and utilization on
migration, labour market and human capital processes)
Turčianske Teplice, Slovakia
The local strategy was developed in the framework of SEEMIG – Managing Migration and its Effects
in SEE – Transnational Actions towards Evidence-based Strategies. SEEMIG is a strategic project
funded by the European Union’s South-East Europe Programme. Project code: SEEMIG -
The local strategy was prepared within the SEEMIG activity Strategies, capacity building and
transnational dialogue coordinated by the University of Trento.
The information published here reflects the authors’ views and the Managing Authority is not liable
for any use that may be made of the information concerned.
Author: Mgr. Branislav Bugár, Ing. Marek Ďordík, Mgr. Ľudmila Lukačová, Jarmila Kollárová
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also be directed to: Mesto Turcianske Teplice, Spravne a socialne oddelenie, Partizanska 413/1,
03901 Turcianske Teplice, Slovakia or by contacting [email protected]
Suggested citation: Mesto Turcianske Teplice (2014): SEEMIG Local Strategy for enhancing migration
data production and utilization for Slovakia (Proposal for a local strategy on data enhancement and
utilization on migration, labour market and human capital)
The aim of this strategy is to improve abilities of municipalities in Slovakia, to gain data leading to the
more accurate evidence of citizens and focus on migration trends. This more precise evidence should
serve for improving abilities of municipalities to adjust to these migration trends whether it is
migration in or out towns and villages. This enhanced ability to adjust to the migration trends
consists in the production and development of strategy documents on local or regional level, such as
the “Program of Economic and Social Development”, municipal plans for towns and villages and
other strategy documents. Although the ability of municipalities to influence demographic and
migration trends is low, the goal of the SEEMIG project is to transfer information from databases and
documents at the local level to legislative bodies at the national level. This connection should bring
more quality in decision making on local, regional and national level by taking into account migration
trends and demographic development of individual towns, villages and regions.
A number of events were held for this purpose where the representatives of the scientific
community, towns and villages in Slovakia represented by town Turčianske Teplice, the Statistical
Office and the Foreign Police presented their ideas. Among others we can mention WP5 Foresight
Exercise in Bratislava, WP6 Master Class in Turčianske Teplice, WP4 Training of Staff working with the
data about the population and civil registry, WP6 Local Roundtable where the problems of the
registry office, evidence of foreigners and migration flows of population in Turčianske Teplice were
discussed (see Annex 1).
The district town Turčianske Teplice is located in the southern part of the Turiec region, in Zilina
country, in the northwestern part of Slovakia. With an area of 33,481,150 m², it belongs to the
smallest towns in Slovakia. Beside Turčianske Teplice, the district consists of 25 more villages
(Abramova, Blazovce, Bodorova, Borcova, Briestie, Budis, Cremosne, Dubove, Haj, Horna Stubna,
Ivancina, Jasenovo, Jazernica, Kalamenova, Liesno, Maly Cepcín, Moskovec, Mosovce, Ondrasova,
Raksa, Rudno, Sklene, Slovenske Pravno, Turcek, Velky Cepcin).
By number of population it is the second smallest and by population density it is the third smallest
district in Slovakia (Table 1.; Graph 1.).
Table 1. Development of population, 1996 to 2011 (data from 1990 are not known)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Num. 16 832 16 753 16 775 16 823 16 753 16 800 16 739 16 731 16 710
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Num. 16 720 16 717 16 715 16 735 16 721 16 659 16 379 16 306 16 244
Graph. 1 Development of population, 1996 to 2011 (data from 1990 are not known)
Compared to the national figure Turčianske Teplice are negative. While Slovakia's total population
rises, in the district of Turčianske Teplice population decline (Table 2).
Table 2. Census of population, 1991, 2001 and 2011
1991 2001 2011
District of Turčianske Teplice 17 078 16 306 16 369
Slovakia's total population 5 274 335 5 379 455 5 397 036
Source: Statistical Office of Slovak republic
On 31 December 2013, 6,667 citizens lived in Turčianske Teplice what ranks Turčianske Teplice in the
ranking of Slovak towns in the 98th place and simultaneously it is the 40th smallest town in Slovakia.
Within the Zilina County, Turčianske Teplice has the highest mortality rate (13.65 per 1, 000
inhabitants. The calculated number of deaths per 1 000 inhabitants of middle status of the district is
the highest with value of 13.65 deaths per 1000 in Turčianske Teplice, having an older population
and low birth rates, an average value for the Žilina Region is 9.38 per cent).
On contrary, the birth rate is the lowest (8.39 per cent, the lowest value of birth rate reached in
Turčianske Teplice was 8.39 per cent compared to the total value of 10.45 per cent in Zilina County).
Lowering natality can be seen in Graph. 2, which shows a nearly 50 per cent decline in the birth rate
compared to 1990 and 2014. 1
Statistical Office of Slovak republic : http://portal.statistics.sk/showdoc.do?docid=68568
1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012
Graph. 2 Progress of born children, 1990 – 2013
Source: Evidence of Turčianske Teplice (J. Mandzijová)
Of course, the figure follows the overall trend in Slovakia, where fewer children are born (Table 3.).
Table 3. Natural decrease of born children in Slovakia and Zilina County
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Born in Slovakia 61 217 60 410 60 813 55 535 54 823
Born in Zilina County 7 741 7 619 7 801 7 208 No data
Source: Statistical Office of Slovak republic.
Total fertility rate of the city of Turčianske Teplice was very low in the whole period 2001-2012. For
example in 2001 it reached the level of 1.16 children per woman, in 2010 it was on the level 1.04
children per woman and in 2012 on the level of 1.10 children per women. All these values are deeply
below the replacement level of fertility (TFR=1,3 children per women in reproductive age).
In Slovakia, life expectancy for cities is not counted (due to small number of inhabitants).
Reasons for emigration from Turčianske Teplice vary. The most striking is the lack of job
opportunities in particular the absence of important employers or big firms. In 2013 the town
recorded 934 commuting citizens. The most important employer in Turčianske Teplice is the Slovak
Health Spa (240 employees). The prognosis for the future implies that if the government fails to
secure investments or does not grant tax incentive for potential investors (For example, a German
company Dometic, after expansion of its factory in Fiľakovo will employ 326 people, for what the
government approved investment incentives of approximately 3 million Euros, or firm Johnson
Controls in Lučenec will employ 125 workers to obtain the investment aid of 4.1 million Euros, etc.), 2
even within central Slovakia the number of emigrants either short-term (daily commuting) or long
term (permanent leave the town or the country) will rise. In addition to the lack of available jobs
there are other issues pushing for emigration: for example commuting to school or settling in the
place of study, travelling to join family members, and others.
During three consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012), Žilina Region recorded decrease of population
caused by relocation. In 2012, the county lost 219 people by relocation. Town Turčianske Teplice on
municipality level is in the same situation. It can be seen in table nr. 4.
Table 4. Immigrated and emigrated to/from town Turčianske Teplice in 2010 - 2013
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013
Immigrated 98 98 92 103
Emigrated 135 102 125 105
Difference - 37 - 4 - 33 - 2
Source: Evidence of Turčianske