Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Hungry's Refugee Blockade

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has announced it is building a second barrier along its border with Serbia to keep out migrants.

 Orban said that "ethnic homogeneity" was key in fostering economic success and that "too much mixing causes trouble." Hungary's government "cannot risk changing the fundamental ethnic character of the country," he said. "That would not enhance the value of the country but downgrade it instead, and toss it into chaos."

Hungary currently enjoys a record-low unemployment rate in the European Union of just four percent, coupled with a declining birthrate. However, it is facing an acute shortage of labor, with many employers complaining that they are struggling to fill positions. Around half of the firms in Hungary struggle to fill vacancies. Orban vocally spoke out against importing labor to solve the shortages. Boosting competitiveness, he said, was not the way to bolster economic growth and "enhance the value" of the "homeland."

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