- 25 May 2018 11:30 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
The actual figures may be higher, as from June 2017 workers in professions with the most acute labour shortage do not need to have work permits.
No survey has been conducted regarding which sectors employ the most non-EU citizens, but industry representatives say most come from Ukraine and work in industry and construction.
László Parragh, head of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Hungary needs 200,000-300,000 guest workers to ease the labour shortage over the long term.
A large number of the foreign workers, some 20% according to estimates, use Hungary as a springboard for moving to Western Europe, but companies are trying to prevent this with clauses in contracts.