Eurostat has revealed its list detailing information about EU citizens of working age who live far from their own country in another EU Member State. Here is how many Hungarians were working abroad in 2017 in comparison with the other EU Member States.

EU statistics

It turns out that in 2017, 3.8 percent of the EU citizens between the age of 10 and 64 were residing in a Member State other than their home country. This shows a massive 2.5 percent increase compared to the data from 2007. Germany has the lowest rate with 1.0 percent, and Romania leads the list with 19.7 percent.

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Hungarian statistics

As for Hungary, statistics show that emigration of the Hungarians increased a lot: in 2007, our rate was 1.5 percent. Later on, it grew to 2.4 percent in 2012, and it finally reached the tragic 5.2 percent by 2017. Sadly, the rate of Hungarian citizens of working age is more than the 3.8 percent EU average.

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The rate of working aged citizens earning their living abroad has increased in most of the EU Member States. Germany can be proud of its least high score because its rate increased by only 0.1 percent since 2007. However, Romania lies on the other end of the list with a 12.3 percent increase in the last ten years. Interestingly, the process seems to be reversed in the case of Cyprus. Here, 7.1 percent from 2007 decreased to 3.9 percent. Moreover, Austria, Ireland and Finland are also in the same situation than Cyprus.

Labour shortage

As we have previously reported, Hungary is suffering from a labour shortage in many fields. Here, we give you a deeper understanding of the consequences of a labour shortage in the industrial section. Also, we go into details about the working permits of non-EU citizens in 2017. Additionally, you can read more about the exact numbers in connection with labour shortage here. Finally, we explain how the Hungarian government is planning to get back its youth citizens from Western Europe.

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Pictures: Eurostat – EU citizens in other EU Member States

Source: Eurostat – EU citizens in other EU Member States

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