news letter Our mobile application

Weekly newsletter

With Double the Average Salary, More than 200,000 Hungarians Are Living in Germany

Fanni Kaszás 2019.01.14.

According to statistics from the German Labor Office, the number of Hungarians living in Germany has increased by a little over threefold during the last ten years, now reaching 207,000—of which 77 percent were employed full time in 2017.

Although the number of Hungarians in Germany increased three point four times in 10 years, this number accounts for only 0.3 percent of the country’s total population. According to the German Statistical Office, the number of emigrants seemed to plateau in 2017. Additionally, the number of Hungarian citizens registered at German addresses is significantly lower than the number of those working in Germany.

The average salary of Hungarian citizens in Germany was around 89 percent of the average German income in 2008, reaching its lowest level between 2013 and 2015. This number only saw a slight improvement to 67 percent in 2017. However, the average gross monthly salary of Hungarians in Germany (2156 euros) is equivalent to 667,000 forints—more than double of this year’s Hungarian average gross earnings of 297,000 forints  (EUR 926).

Germany Becomes the Most Popular Destination for Hungarians Working Abroad

The net incomes show that the number of people earning between 900-1300 euros and 1500-2000 euros increased after 2012, and the number of high-earning, well-trained Hungarians who earned more than a million forints (EUR 3100) also increased to 10,000 in 2016.

The statistics also reveal that 59 percent of Hungarians live in the two southern provinces of Germany: 35 percent in Bavaria and 24 percent in Baden-Württemberg. North Rhine-Westphalia is the third most chosen area with 11 percent of Hungarians calling it their new home. As of the end of 2017, nearly 73,000 Hungarians lived in Bavaria, which would make it the third most popular Hungarian emigration destination if it were a separate country.