On 22 April more than thirty people joined MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’.
A full day of presentations and workshops were offered about entering the Hungarian labour market for migrants. All kinds of personal experiences – both positive and negative – were shared by migrants who wish to enter the Hungarian labour market.
Today there is a lot of confusion for migrants living in Hungary – which legal residency status allows a person to work? Or, what rights one has within the workplace? One of the female migrants who participated in the event mentioned that she was told by a potential employer that they were not allowed to hire people from outside Europe. This is absolutely untrue, and it is the more reason why migrants need to be well informed about their employment rights.
If a migrant has a legal residence permit in Hungary (by marriage, refugee status, stateless status, a student, etc) he/she can be legally employed.
To help clear up the confusion MigHelp invited a representative from the official Budapest Labour office (Budapest Főváros Kormányhivatala Foglalkoztatási Főosztály), Human Resources (HR) experts and a lawyer experienced in these areas of law to inform migrants and refugees about rules and regulations regarding the employment of migrants in Hungary .
Other topics presented were how to register as a job seeker in the Budapest Labour office, negotiate a salary, how to prepare yourself for a job interview, and in the past MigHelp has also offered presentations on how to write a CV/resume. At the end of the day, people had the opportunity to personally meet and discuss their problems with the presenters.
One marketable skill that many migrants in Hungary may have is their own native language. Many multinational corporations operating in Hungary often seek native or fluent speakers to communicate with their customers in countries abroad.
MigHelp will continue to offer ‘Career Days’ and other events that help Hungary’s migrant community integrate in their new home.