Hungary mulls strict measures for foreign workers in apparent anti-immigration approach

11:17 PM | 30 May, 2023
Hungary mulls strict measures for foreign workers in apparent anti-immigration approach

BUDAPEST - In what appears to be an anti-immigration move, Hungary's State Secretary Sandor Czomba has said the country will only admit as many foreign workers as necessary, aiming to support the domestic workforce and create new employment opportunities.

In a parliamentary debate on draft legislation for guest workers, the official said the proposed bill seeks to retain Hungarian workers and address concerns about job displacement, rather than toning down the influx of job seekers to Hungary.

Compared to neighboring countries like Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, Hungary reportedly hires the fewest foreign workers already.

Instead of increasing reliance on foreign labor, the government is focused on meeting the growing labor demand with domestic employees. This includes actively seeking employment among individuals aged 25 to 65, young mothers, and underemployed individuals, contributing around 300,000 individuals to the labor market.

However, Czomba emphasized that Hungary cannot afford to forego investments due to a lack of available labor. The government's approach prioritizes job protection and aims to fill vacant positions primarily with Hungarians, EU nationals, and workers from neighboring countries such as Ukraine and Serbia.

What implies that the policy might be anti-immigration at its core is the fact that the authorities consider workers from third countries as the last option, with specific quotas in place to avoid threatening the domestic labor market.

If the proposed law for foreign workers is approved, these individuals would be allowed to stay in Hungary for 180 days, provided they remain actively employed, Schengenvisainfo reported.

The measures have generated both criticism and support among Hungarians, with some highlighting the importance of prioritizing domestic workers for the Hungarian labor market, while others expressing concerns about potential hindrances to businesses relying on foreign workers and the potential impact on overall economic growth.

Official Hungarian data on work permits issued reveals that there are currently 430,000 foreigners living in the country, with 161,000 possessing an EU registration card and an additional 162,000 holding a Hungarian residence permit.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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