2016-08-11 |reverse migration
Certain Germans are deciding to leave their home country for good and settle in “cheap, Muslim-free” Hungary to escape the migrant situation brought on by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies, news portal ZDF Heute reports.
The report features a Bavarian couple in their early 20s as they meet Ottmar Heide, a German estate agent living near Lake Balaton, according to whom 80 per cent of those interested in buying a property in the region are fleeing Merkel’s policies. “People say they’ve had enough of things getting worse and worse in Germany. And they hail Orbán’s policies”, Mr. Heide says, adding that the Hungarian Prime Minister has protected his country with a border fence against “Muslims, intruders and economic migrants”.
The seller of the property on the southern shore of Lake Balaton the couple viewed, which is on the market for 14 000 euros, say on the programme: “We are Christians”, “we don’t want Muslim neighbours. They have a different culture and are aggressive. And this we can’t accept”. The report also suggests that PM Orbán sees Hungary as a counter-example to European “immigrant societies” and portrays Hungary as a “Muslim-free”, harmonious country which has, so far, been free from terrorism.
The site recalls that over the past decades, Lake Balaton was a popular tourist destination among Germans, not least because the average German pension of 770 euros – compared to the average Hungarian monthly salary of 500 euros – goes a long way in the country.
According to portal, some 30 000 Germans are residing by Lake Balaton, a number that has increased since last year for political reasons.
This is not the first time German media has reported on the phenonenon, though experts say it is still far from a “mass influx” of Westerners ot Hungary. On the 26 May, the Munich-based German public service broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk (BR) aired a report, also featuring Mr. Heide, claiming that more and more Germans moving to Lake Balaton area in Hungary due to their dissatisfaction with the German government’s asylum policy and a fear of migrants.