Wouldn’t it be incredible if Hungary has to be maintained by non-Hungarians? What would that do to nationalism? Would all of you Hungarian ex-pats return to the homeland to hold the support poles in place?
According to a Hungarian news report that was translated into English, “Around 72,000 Hungarians left the country in 2012… According to the latest Eurostat figures, 230,000 Hungarians live in different European countries – in officially registered status.” The article continues to fill in the blanks lest anyone should forget that there are worldwide destinations besides Europe.
Just as I was reading this article a second time, I received an e-mail from a former student who has been living in Canada for the last two years and is not planning on returning to Hungary other than for a family visit. Last week, I received two e-mails from two former students who were sending me their updates on their life in the USA.
Athough the article clearly states that the return statistics are difficult to master. There are no reliable sources for colleting this data; but what they are finding is that the nation sending the most immigrants to Hungary is Germany. The older Germans have some affinity to the country and culture. Probably country living makes the retirement euro go farther too.
If you want to read the whole article brimming with numbers Google Will Hungary become a country of migrants? May 23, 2013