More and more Hungarians working abroad
According to Eurostat's data, a total of 339,000 Hungarian, app. 5% of active population, were working in another EU state in 2017.
The data shows that the emigration of Hungarians has accelerated in the last ten years, though far more leave from some neighboring states.
Eurostat notes that the free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. EU citizens are entitled to look for a job in another EU country, work there without a work permit, live there and enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages.
Despite all this, at national level many states, including Hungary define different specifications, permissions that must be obtained by those who go to work abroad.
The EU citizens of working age (20-64) residing in another member state was an average 3.8% in 2017, a sharp increase compared to 2.5% ten years ago.
The outward migration of skilled Hungarians to other EU member states in recent years is seen as one of the main causes of growing labor shortages, gaps that haven't been filled effectively, even more they're widening.