Fact Check: Migrant Workers Do NOT Outnumber Hungarians In The Domestic Labor Market


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Fact Check: Migrant Workers Do NOT Outnumber Hungarians In The Domestic Labor Market Tiny Minority

Do migrant workers outnumber Hungarians in the domestic labor market? No, that's not true: While the number of foreign citizens working in Hungary increased significantly in 2022, official statistics show that Hungarian workers outnumber their foreign counterparts by a ratio of 50:1.

The claim appeared in a Hungarian-language video (archived here) on TikTok on September 10, 2023. It showed a newsreader saying Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's government planned to financially support the construction of 30 car-battery factories set to become operational by 2030. (All translations from Hungarian to English by Lead Stories staff). The accompanying text read:

They are not being built for Hungarians! The Hungarian worker is a minority because of the migrants being settled here by Orbán!

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Tue Sep 12 07:21:45 2023 UTC)

In 2022, the average number of foreigners employed in Hungary was approximately 81,000, a 14 percent increase over 2021, according to figures released on May 2, 2023, by Hungary's Central Statistical Office (KSH). That same year, the average number of total employed persons was roughly 4,696,000, the KSH said on January 27, 2023.

In other words, foreign laborers accounted for less than 2 percent of Hungary's total workforce in 2022.

Hungarian employers are hiring foreign workers to fill a labor shortage that emerged at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis published by the financial news site Portfolio.hu on May 9, 2023. In the second quarter of 2023, Hungarian companies reported 79,751 unfilled positions or 2.4 percent of the total, KSH statistics show.

The workforce at the Samsung car battery plant in the city of Göd was nearly 50 percent foreign as of 2020, according to a report published by news outlet 24.hu on November 26, 2021. Even in this case, the outsiders did not constitute a majority.


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