Hungary's anti-immigrant PM faces workforce shortage

Since the 1980s, Hungary has had one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, bringing the overall population below the 10-million markA population slump in Hungary is presenting Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration government with a headache: how to plug labour supply shortages without turning to foreigners. Hungary, an EU member since 2004, has seen 400,000 people leave the country since 2008, and 850,000 over the past 35 years. As a result, at least a quarter of Hungarian firms are experiencing problems finding workers, said the Confederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists (MGYOSZ) in a recent study.

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