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Number of foreigners working legally in Hungary declines

  The average number of foreigners working legally in Hungary declined by 13,000 or more than 20% year-on-year in the first three months of 2009 from a year earlier, the Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs reported to a parliamentary committee on Monday.

The ministry said that 44,400 foreigners were working legally in Hungary at the end of March 2009, based on permits issued or employers’ reports.

The number of foreigners from other European Union countries working legally in Hungary declined 35% yr/yr, while the number of legal foreign workers from countries in Europe that do not belong to the EU declined by 5% during the period, the ministry reported.

At the same time the number of foreigners from countries outside of Europe working legally in Hungary rose more than 10% yr/yr in the Q1 of the year.

The number of Slovakian and Romanian citizens working in Hungary fell the most. The number of Slovakians working legally in Hungary fell by 17% from a year earlier to 15,000 at the end of March, and the number of Romanians employed fell 40% to 7,400. (MTI-Econews)