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Government launches HUF 20 billion scheme to build accommodation for labourers

The government is launching a 20 billion forint (EUR 52.6m) programme to create accommodation for 3,500 labourers, a government official said on Thursday.

At least half of those places must be assigned to Hungarian employees, Sandor Czomba, the state secretary for employment policy, told news channel M1.

The scheme is designed to improve the “notoriously” low mobility of Hungary’s work force, Czomba said.

The scheme will support the construction of modern, sustainable accommodations in two-bed rooms, Czomba said. The companies would be obliged to maintain the accommodations for 10 years. The operators will also have to accept 4 registered jobseekers after every 80 subsidised places, he added.

The new accommodations will be open for seasonal workers and those arriving from within 50km, he said.

Since the launch of the first subsidy scheme for labourers’ accommodation in 2017, the government has already ploughed 24 billion forints into creating 4,000 places, Czomba added.

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