Slovakia subsidises foreign workers

By subsidising foreign companies that import foreign workers into Slovakia, the government is also subsidising foreigners, the Sme daily reported on August 1.

Slovakia's economic growth and the arrival of foreign investors has exhausted the Slovak labour market, so the large foreign companies are looking abroad for employees.

The Labour Ministry has recorded about 4,500 foreign workers, with only 1,500 of them coming from European Union countries.

Samsung in Galanta, which received a tax allowance of Sk1.2 billion last year, employs 4,600 people, including 260 Romanians.

One job in the plant cost the state Sk250,000 last year.

Economists say that the arrival of foreign workers is an inevitable result of economic globalisation. However, Slovakia had the EU's highest jobless rate in June - 10.7 percent. Many of them are the long-term unemployed, who have problems that stop them from finding work, or people who are not willing to move for the work.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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