Understanding The “New Mobility”

Menjek Maradjak

Hungary, like most Central and Eastern European countries, is experiencing some rather alarming demographic trends. The birth rate in these countries is extremely low, lower even than in the rest of Europe, and large percent of the population is elderly. To top this all off, more and more young people work or pay taxes abroad, or wish to leave the country outright.

What It Is

The EU has made it possible for a young Hungarian with a diploma to officially live and secure an apartment in Hungary, while working abroad in another country and make anywhere from three to ten times as much as that individual would staying at home. Because of cheap airline tickets and relatively short distances that can be made by car, many Hungarians are now working in another country while regularly coming home to visit. This new mobility is a good thing, but it has it’s downsides.

For one the Hungarian government is making less money. Frequently, these jobs do not pay enough to be taxable in two countries, and many people work illegally, and may even be receiving aid from the Hungarian government while working in another country. Taxing income made in another country is a complicated and sensitive issue, and Hungarian lawmakers do not have the experience necessary to devise a tax system that can fairly include this phenomenon. Previous generations did not have this sort of mobility, and usually worked and stayed in Hungary, even if they were working for a foreign company.

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The other downside is social. There are less young professionals and young adults around, and the ones that are around are frequently thinking about leaving. In a recent poll, 16% of Hungarians polled were thinking of leaving or already had plans to leave the country. This may not seem like a large percent, but considering Hungary’s population demographic, of few young people and many elderly, this number is quite alarming.

Menjek/Maradjak is a TV show and blog that deals with this issue. It focuses on the new mobility, and on the experience of Hungarian youngsters who have chosen to leave, and catch up with them to see how the live. The show is objective and clear, and can  get quite emotional sometimes. They have recently done a London episode, as this is one of the cities where the Hungarian presence is strongest. You can read more about them and this new trend in migration here*.

*http://www.menjekmaradjak.hu/ - source

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