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Emigration: Number Of Hungarians Moving Abroad Increased By 46% In 2014, Report Finds

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2015.04.08.

At least 31 500 Hungarian citizens left the country in 2014 to stay abroad for a year or more, according to recently published data.

The figure is almost one and a half times higher than the number of people who emigrated in the previous year and almost six and a half times higher than in 2009, the business newspaper Világgazdaság has reported on the basis of figures released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

Based on health insurance and other registry data, the number of Hungarians leaving for long-term stays abroad was put at 21 580 in 2013, a figure which increased by forty-six per cent to 31 500 in 2014. However, the actual number is believed to be much higher due to people failing to report their departure to Hungarian authorities, which is proven by the fact that data from recipient countries produces far larger figures.

According to the report, the majority of Hungarian emigrants are young, with 44 per cent being under the age of 30 and 77 per cent below the age of 40. 54 per cent of them are males and almost two-thirds unmarried. The most popular destinations among Hungarians continue to be Germany, the UK and Austria, the paper reports.

The pace of emigration cannot be expected to slow down, a researcher commenting the report’s findings told the news website Ágnes Hárs, of the Kopint-TÁRKI research institute, said that people are driven to leave the country by the unsatisfactory state of the economy, the social system and public atmosphere, which is aggravated by educational policies.

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