Another 2,500 Hungarians registered to be able to keep working in the United Kingdom after Brexit, according to data from the British Ministry of the Interior.
Those concerned with the matter still have a year, until July 2021, to complete their registration, so the current number of 104,000 is likely to rise during that time, reported Turizmus Online. In June 2,540 Hungarians registered in order to continue working freely in the United Kingdom, which is the highest monthly figure since March, although the pandemic has significantly slowed down the registration.
A total of 104,410 Hungarians have revealed to the British authorities so far that they would like to remain in the UK after it leaves the European Union. Those who have been in the UK since before January this year do not have to do anything only indicate their wish to stay. So they will receive a residence permit automatically.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, 94,120 Hungarians would like to stay in England, 6,040 in Scotland, 1,950 in Wales and 1,830 in Northern Ireland after Brexit. 92,670 of these are aged between 18 and 65, almost 11,000 are under 18, and just 850 are over 65 years old. This supports the belief that the majority of Hungarian emigrants are young, working-age people who try their luck abroad.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic could be twofold:
- one one hand, unemployment is expected to rise everywhere, and non-local workers may be at a bigger risk, because the protection of the domestic workforce may be prioritised in many countries. This may result in many people returning to their home country after losing their jobs.
- On the other hand, with the increasing unemployment rates at home, an increased amount of people may “try their luck abroad.”
For the time being, the first could perhaps be stronger, meaning more could return than emigrate, which Brexit itself could have started. Many Hungarians working in Western Europe in the most affected sectors, such as tourism, hospitality, services, may also return home, as each country is expected to protect the jobs of their own citizens.
A lot of things depend on how long the pandemic will last, if there will be a second wave, and how fast the economy recovers and employment returns to the previous rates.