The employment rate among Hungarians with reduced work capacity reached 40% at the end of last year, up from just 18% in 2011, the prime minister’s commissioner for priority social affairs said on Sunday. In absolute terms, the number of Hungarians with reduced work capacity who held jobs was over 80,000 last year, up from 15,000 in 2011, said Zsolt Nyitrai. More than 600,000 Hungarians live with some form of disability, he added.
Hungarians living with disabilities are a social group of strategic importance for the government: as equal members of society, they need support to live their daily lives with the greatest possible degree of independence, Nyitrai said. Since the Fidesz-KDNP government came to power in 2010, budget funding allocated for organisations that deal with matters affecting Hungarians living with disabilities has doubled, he added.