Gov't to Tighten Rules on Guest Workers

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The government will tighten further rules on immigration and guest workers, the Economic Development Ministry said on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The ministry pointed to a need for "broad intervention" with regard to residence and employment in Hungary by nationals of countries outside of the European Union and said the government would draft new legislation on the matter after a "thorough review" of existing rules.

The draft legislation will send a clear message to nationals from non-EU countries that they may temporarily reside and work in Hungary only by complying fully with the designations and conditions determined by the state.

Demand for labor needs to be met by "activating Hungary's workforce reserve and drawing in job-seekers and economically inactive people", the ministry said. Non-EU nationals may be allowed to work in Hungary only if positions can't be filled by Hungarians, it added.

Provisions in legislation on guest workers earlier approved by lawmakers will not come into force until the new rules are drafted, the ministry said.

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