The majority of immigrants moving to Hungary are Ukrainian, Romanian, German and Serbian citizens.
The Zsámbék Basin in the vicinity of Buda seems like a ’little Transylvania’. After World War II. Szeklers were moved here to replace the Swabians, and since then a large number of Hungarians from Transylvania still choose this area. Besides Zsámbék, Budapest and Csongrád county are also very popular target destinations among Transylvanians moving to Hungary.
Last year, more than 10,000 Hungarian dual citizens born abroad moved to Hungary; out of which the majority came from Romania.
This amount equals the average of the last three years. However, previously there were even more people registered; numerically, 17,000 in 2015. Furthermore, more and more Hungarians – who decided to try their fortune abroad – return to their homeland. Last year, 23,000 of them returned to Hungary; thus, for the first time in 2019, after a long time, more Hungarians moved to Hungary than left.
What is unchanged is that the majority of the immigrants coming to Hungary arrive from Romania, Germany, Serbia and China.
There has been only one significant change in this area. After a real population catastrophe occurred in Ukraine, and 3.8 million people left the country in 10 years, the number of Ukrainian immigrants began to grow dramatically. Furthermore, this trend was reinforced by the fact that before the crisis, Hungary had a massive shortage of specialists.
As the Hungarian news portal Növekedés reports, the number of nearly 200,000 foreigners living in Hungary may seem significant at first sight; however, in Germany, for example, there are more than 10 million people who do not have German citizenship. In any case, there are still so many Ukrainians living in Hungary for a long time that they could fill a city larger than Esztergom together.