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Balog: Fostered worker program creates 'indescribable changes in family’s standard of living'

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The government has reached 50,000 Roma families with the fostered worker program where the head of family, typically between 35-40 years of age, has never had a proper job, the Minister of Human Resources, Zoltán Balog told online newsportal vs.hu, adding that “this is a process we need to strengthen, and we need to make more steps to move forward”. 

Fostered workers are given menial jobs and paid less than minimum wage by the government, a gross wage of approximately HUF 78,000 per month. The government counts them as employed when publishing unemployment statistics. “The latest data shows that about 13% of participants of the fostered worker program make it to the labor market. I wouldn’t underestimate this figure,” Balog added. 

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