East StratCom disinformation claim:

The EU is draining the Czech Republic economically. But the true threat of the EU for the Czech Republic is that it supports and manages the Islamic invasion of Europe.

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Period/date: 17. November 2016

Debunk claim:

The EU does not manage an Islamic invasion. According to the Pew Research Centre, the proportion of Muslims in Europe will rise from 6% to 8% between 2010 and 2030: http://www.pewforum.org/2011/01/27/the-future-of-the-global-muslim-population/. As regards the EU budget, the Czech Republic receives more than it contributes. In 2015, it received CZK 193.7 billion from the EU budget, whilst contributing CZK 41.9 billion. According to a study by the Office of the Government, without the EU cohesion policy, the Czech GDP would be lower by 4.7% in the long run. http://www.mfcr.cz/cs/aktualne/tiskove-zpravy/2016/cista-pozice-ceske-republiky-vuci-rozpoc-23947, https://www.vlada.cz/cz/evropske-zalezitosti/aktualne/ekonomicke-prinosy-clenstvi-cr-v-evropske-unii-118295/

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Additional information

This information is reported by Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http:, wwweuropeanvalues net/kremlinwatch/ in Disinformation Review issue 48. The item is located at row number 30 in the report.

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