Safe and welcoming Keszthely
In just a few years, the number of German pensioners living in Hungary has increased by a quarter, reports news site Világgazdaság, citing a report by a German public service channel.
According to the article, a report by Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) shows that Germans are choosing Hungary in droves mainly for political reasons, but low prices are also an attraction.
According to the report, many Germans who move to Hungary say they do not feel at home in Germany, especially since the refugee crisis in 2015.
Many are moving mainly to the area around Lake Balaton. The report highlights the towns of Keszthely and Marcali in the area.
There are already more than 14,700 German pensioners applying for their pensions in Hungary. Five years ago, the figure was 11,700.
The report also said that Germans settling in Hungary have already organized local groups (Stammtisch) in 20 settlements in the Balaton area. MDR visited one of them, where the refugee crisis was the topic. Somewhat surprisingly, the reporter claimed that it was organized by a well-known Swiss far-right person, but he did not back this up with any information, even covering up the participants on film. He explained this by saying that the Germans distrust the German public media and do not want to talk to them.
However, after the event, a lady from Dresden did give an interview to the channel, Világgazdaság adds. She said that she had fled to Hungary for economic reasons, because in Germany, she would be homeless, even though she had worked for 55 years. “I just want to live in peace on my small pension, and I can do that in Hungary,” she argued.
According to the report, property prices are orders of magnitude lower than in Germany. Shop prices are now close to Western levels because of inflation, but it is still cheaper to shop in Hungary.
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