Following that the number of residence permit applications for the purpose of employment doubled last year, further growth is predicted for this year, according to financial outlet Privát Bankár, in reference to official data of the National Directorate-General for Aliens Policing (OIT).
While in 2015, a little more than 12,000 and in 2017, almost 25,000 migrant workers arrived in Hungary, this data sky-rocketed to almost 61,000 in 2018. What is more, this number can go even higher this year, as OIT received almost fifty thousand applications until the end of August.
This forecasts around 75,000 applications by the end of the year, a hike of about 20-22%, although the seasonal nature of certain jobs can still moderate these numbers.
According to OIF’s data, the overwhelming majority of this year’s applicants, nearly 30,000 people (60%), are Ukrainian citizens, followed by a little more than 4,000 Serbian citizens, then Vietnamese, Chinese, and Indians.
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