Asian Workers Flock to Hungary for Limited-Term Stays

  • 11 Jul 2023 4:09 PM
Asian Workers Flock to Hungary for Limited-Term Stays
Given the local shortage of welders, forklift drivers and truck drivers, ever more Filipinos, Indonesians, Kazakhs, Indians, Kyrgyz and Mongolians are coming to work in Hungary.

According to recent draft legislation, the employment of foreign workers here may soon change.

Participants in the Special Exporter Partnership Programme will able to bring in foreigners more easily while at the same time, the authorities will tighten restrictions on how long workers can stay, and reinforce governmental policy that they cannot settle or reunite here with their families.

When this comes into effect, no one will be allowed to stay longer than three years, as opposed to the current norm of two-year intervals.

As well as operators, drivers and welders, there is a high demand for unskilled workers in the automotive, electronics and food industries. In a large car factory, 70% of the workers may be unskilled, but they still have to meet demanding requirements.

The authorities are relatively supportive, with simplified immigration procedures for both residence and employment for workers from 17 listed countries.

This should allow a greater number of Asian workers to come to Hungary in larger numbers and under easier conditions.


Words by Peterjon Cresswell for
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website

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