Czechs do not want a larger Muslim presence in the country, according to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.
"We have no strong Muslim community here, and to be honest, we do not want a strong Muslim community to become established here," he said in an interview with the Pravo newspaper on Tuesday.
The Czech Republic shared Germany's desire to stem the tide of refugees from the Middle East, he said, "but we have different views on how to achieve this."
The comments by Sobotka, who heads a three-party governing coalition, came two days before a visit to Prague by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Czech Republic, along with fellow Visegrad states Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, isagainst a permanent refugee quota system for European countries as advocated by Merkel. They believe it should be up to national governments to decide how many refugees to take in.
"The bottom line is that it is national governments which must guarantee the safety of their citizens," he said.
Hungary will never again allow migrants to pass across its territory, nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday.
A leading lawmaker in Denmark on Thursday called for the Scandinavian country to bar entry for asylum seekers from Muslim countries for up to six years, citing recent terrorist attacks in Europe.
A growing number of Germans critical of Merkel's open-door refugee policies are seeking refuge in Hungary - a country that has built a razor-wire fence to keep out mostly Muslim migrants, citing the need to protect Europe's Christian civilization.
"The question is whether 25 women pose a threat to Slovenia, as politicians say. Such initiatives are a cheap copy of a French law and similar solutions in some other European countries,"
Slovakia went to the polls Saturday, following a migration-focussed pre-election debate, which saw Prime Minister Robert Fico rally support on the back of claims that he will defend the country's security by keeping out asylum seekers.