Ladies and gentlemen from many different countries meet for lunch in Budapest once a month. The location is elegant, the atmosphere is casual. The event that looks like a friendly[…]
The warm autumn has masked the fact that the time which social workers consider as the start of the winter homeless crisis period is only a month away. United Nations’[…]
Hungary has a film at the Berlin International Film Festival which began this week. Just the Wind (Csak a szél), directed by Bence Fliegauf, will have its world premiere at the festival next Thursday. It shows one day, which turns out to be the last day, in the life of a Roma family. For 90 minutes viewers witness their unvarnished everyday life, which is marked above all by pressing financial troubles. In the most adverse circumstances an extremely strong mother tries to raise her children alone – her husband is working abroad somewhere in the West.
Youth worker Ádám Nagy is an impressive figure based on appearance alone: tall, broad-shouldered and a determined face. Right at the beginning of our conversation it becomes clear that it is the conviction radiating from Nagy that really distinguishes him. He has just the characteristics that one would wish for in a youth worker.
To many people autumn begins the run-up to Christmas. As the days shorten and tans fade, it is also the start of the annual crisis period for workers caring for the homeless. Fifty-one people died sleeping rough during the last critical period (1 November to 15 March annually), most from hypothermia. During these months crisis vehicles provide support for work on the streets.
Pastor Shin Seong hak wears his faith on his sleeve. The Budapest Times spoke to the Korean missionary about his church’s outreach efforts toward homeless people after the church handed out warm clothing to the destitute at Nyugati pályaudvar.
The government is seeking fundamental change in the way work works in Hungary. It is seeking to simultaneously increase labour supply, employment and the time each worker spends at work. The latter appears unnecessary: a comparative review of European working times reveals that those already in employment work more than the average European.
Under Hungary’s new Labour Code with effect from 1 September, the unemployed are forced to do public works for less than minimum wages or forfeit their eligibility for social benefits.