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8th November, 2018

Hungary leads in brain drain statistic

Some 8% of Hungarian graduates of post-secondary institutions live abroad, the highest figure in Europe, Tárki researcher Ágnes Hárs found in a recent study.

So long as Hungarian income is half of that in western Europe, emigration will not stop, she said.

Of the overall Hungarian working age population, 5.2% live outside Hungary.

This figure places Hungary in the middle of European countries, along with Slovakia, Poland and Estonia. The Romanian figure is highest, at 16.6%.

In the years 2010-16 an average of 2% of Hungarian employees left and 1% returned from abroad.

Emigration was highest in the catering, construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as in health care.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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