Unemployed pressed into building border fence under threat of losing benefits

July 31, 2015

Mihály Lakatos was summoned to appear despite his health problems Photo: Délmagyar.hu
Mihály Lakatos was summoned to appear despite his health problems
Photo: Délmagyar.hu

490 unemployed individuals were summoned to appear at the Csongrád county hall on Thursday for an information session followed by a medical check-up, according to Hungarian news site Délmagyar.hu. The news site claims the jobless individuals will work on the construction of the government’s fence running along Hungary’s border with Serbia.

The letter of summons was hand-delivered, informing them to appear at half-hour intervals in the national government’s employment agency headquarters located at the county seat.

The letter informed the individuals that they had been hand-picked to fill a position that fits their skill set.

According to the letter, the individuals could count on working eight-hour days at the new job.

Every morning, the letter states, a bus would pick them up at the county seat, transport them to the border for the day, and bring them back in the evening.

Of the individuals summoned, those who are healthy enough for the new job are required to work or else they will lose their monthly HUF 22,800 (USD 80) unemployment benefits.