From May, Ukrainian refugees can accept all kinds of jobs in Hungary, even if they do not have a work permit. Furthermore, employers receive allowances if they employ Ukrainian citizens who fled their country because of Russian aggression.
According to Magyar Nemzet, the simplification concerns Ukrainian citizens who applied for asylum. If not, the rules are the same as in the case of the citizens of any other third country. For example, they can work only in sectors struggling with labour shortages, like IT, catering, and construction. And only those Ukrainian citizens can utilise that state benefit who have a biometric passport.
Many Ukrainian refugees worked in Hungary before the war. A lot of employers now help their relatives to get a job.
The state pays an allowance to the employers if a Ukrainian employee worked for at least 90 days and arrived in Hungary after the outbreak of the war, applied for or received asylum. The maximum amount of that sum is currently HUF 30 thousand (EUR 77.75) per employee per month if they arrived before the war. If they came after the start of the Russian aggression, that amount increases to HUF 60 thousand (EUR 154) per month per employee. Furthermore, each child living with the employee receives HUF 12 thousand (EUR 31.1) per month.
According to the Hungarian News Agency (MTI), a total of 5,928 people crossed into Hungary directly from Ukraine on Friday, while another 6,546 people from Ukraine crossed from Romania, the national police headquarters said. Police issued
temporary residence permits valid for thirty days to 502 people,
the police website said on Saturday. Holders of such permits must contact a local immigration office near their place of residence within thirty days to apply for permanent documents, it added.
The Budapest police received 280 refugees, 66 children among them, by train, according to the municipal police website. Meanwhile, the municipal government office of Budapest said staff at the BOK sports and events centre serving as a humanitarian transit point had helped 272 refugees on Friday, accommodating 118 of whom stayed overnight.
The BOK centre provides food and drink, medical services, toilets, internet access, and help with travel arrangements in cooperation with charity organisations and volunteers.
The national railway, MAV, operates a ticket office at the site, while buses are provided to take people to the main train stations and the airport.
Source: MTI, Magyar Nemzet