As part of its broader programme to aid Hungarian citizens living abroad in relocating to their motherland, the Hungarian government has launched the website Hazavaro.gov.hu. The site first went live on Thursday, 16 November.
Visitors can find a step-by-step guide, tailored to their specific circumstances once they provide the necessary data,
on how to go about moving back to Hungary after living abroad.
This feature can be found under the ‘administrative guide’ point on the top menu bar. According to the site’s mission statement, its main goal is ‘to make returning smooth with personalized information and administrative assistance’.
Under the menu point ‘Topics,’ nine different categories are presented, so users can easily find information on the specific issue they are seeking help with. These categories are: preparing the administrative task, returning home, family, housing, studying, transportation, work, finance, and health.
The upcoming launch of the site was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén during a session for the Hungarian Diaspora Council. In their announcement, the Council pointed out that
since the mid-2010s, under the governance of the Fidesz-KDPM party coalition, the resettling of Hungarians living abroad has accelerated.
In the past few years, an average of 20,000 of our fellow citizens have decided to move back home every year. Meanwhile, according to the Central Statistical Office’s (KSH) numbers, 25,000–40,000 people on average have emigrated from Hungary per year.
‘Hazavaro.gov.hu is a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate website, which provides solutions to the tasks required for moving back home in a clear and concise manner. It also makes it possible to start or prepare certain administrative processes electronically,’ the Council’s statement went on to outline the main benefits the site provides for those seeking to come home. The developers have examined websites with similar aims in 36 other countries while creating the new project.
Hazavaro.gov.hu is just one initiative within the Hungarian government’s broader ‘Welcoming Home’ programme, seeking to aid the resettlement of members of the Hungarian diaspora. Brick-and-mortar offices in 27 locations across the country were announced to have opened earlier this month, with the same primary function as the aforementioned website.
In addition, a phone helpline is also in operation, at the service of those seeking to come home permanently.