Details Revealed of New Bill Paving Way For More Foreign Workers In Hungary

  • 8 May 2023 4:55 PM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Details Revealed of New Bill Paving Way For More Foreign Workers In Hungary
The government posted a bill on the employment of guest workers in Hungary on its website on May 2, for comment by the public until May 10.

“The government is committed to preserving the jobs of Hungarian workers”, the bill states, adding, however, that there is a need to set up a separate, transparent regulatory framework for the employment of guest workers in Hungary.

It is well-known that the battery factory in Debrecen is expected to hire Chinese workers, website Menedzsment Fórum observes.

Sándor Czomba, the state secretary for employment policy, said recently that the labour shortage in the country could be in the order of hundreds of thousands.

The regulation defines the legal category of guest worker and defines two categories for their employers, an ordinary and a preferred employer.

The latter is “an employer with a strategic partnership agreement with the government”, which is “implementing a priority investment from the point of view of the national economy”, and which “operates within the framework of the Priority Exporter Partnership Programme”.

Guest workers “from specific countries, in specific numbers, in specific professions, employed by specific employers” will be admitted to Hungary. These details will later be specified in ministerial decrees.

The guest worker employment permit would guarantee residence for a maximum of two years, which could be extended by a maximum of one year on one occasion.

Neither guest workers nor members of their families would be eligible for residence permits.

The law is planned to enter into force on November 1.

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