Hungary – Europe is changing and the arrival of migrants causes the departure of natives towards a part of Europe that is more in line with the traditional image of the old continent. Could Central Europe become soon an El Dorado for Westerners who want to live the European way of life? By Marie Fouque.
For some time now, western and northern Europeans have chosen to migrate to Hungary. Far from the image of underdeveloped country that some would like to give her, she distinguishes herself in particular by her politics in favour of the people and the ambient climate of safety, which seduces western populations abandoned by their government.
The Belgians and the Germans have understood the thing : after having spent their summers in crowded campsites near the Balaton lake, many are those who made of their favourite tourist destination their home, where it is possible to buy a village house for 300 euros the square meter, where one can enjoy a peaceful existence keeping their feet warm in the combo socks-sandals, and where the least brave can create real communities where they do not suffer from the solitude if the language frightens them. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of Belgians registered in the Belgian embassy in Hungary increased from 463 to almost 900.
And if the real estate and everyday life prices are tempting for western Europeans, the ambient climate can be even more attractive. Hungary loves its European tradition and contrary to what one can see in some other European countries, she is proud of her identity and her culture. The inhabitants thrive there without being afraid of a terrorist attack, a norm that became a dream.
In the coming years, Central Europe will have to manage intelligently these migrations, the Westerners being often convinced that their cosmopolitan right-thinking has to propagate, with all the fatal effects which chase it, at the risk of destroying the soul of any thing for the price of a lifestyle where immediate pleasure is king and the future insignificant.