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Raising a Family in Hungary

Hungary, as an EU member state is a safe place to live. Thanks to its more than a thousand-year history, Hungary has a rich culture which is mirrored - for instance - by the world-class universities, delicious Hungarian cuisine, architectural appearance or economic relations. Its diverse natural environment provides a great variety of leisure activities. Although Budapest, where more than 20% of the population is living, offers a wide range of opportunity to work, job-finding prospects in the bigger rural cities are also promising, thanks to the significant foreign direct investments of multinational companies out of the capital. A well-developed public transport network keeps the capital moving, in other cities, having a bike would be enough for transport.

Hungary is a cheap country, its prices are relatively low, compared to other OECD countries. Hungary provides good prospects for emerging, hard-worker young people by recognising their performance. In terms of income inequality, Hungary is amongst the most faire countries, not far behind Sweden or Germany. Hungary has a strong family support policy. The paid leave available to mothers can be even 72 months, which is the second longest duration in the OECD countries. Not only Hungarian, EU nationals or settled third-country nationals are benefiting from this family policy, a third-country national, whose single permit was issued for more than six months is also subject to this support. In addition, the Hungarian government offers Family Housing Allowance, as a (non-refundable) grant up to HUF 10 million with the intention to ease the country’s demographic challenges.

A settled immigration status can be acquired with applying for a prement residence permit after a three-year legal and continuous Hungarian stay. This settled status provides almost all those rights to a third-country national that a Hungarian citizen might have in Hungary.


Act LXXXIV of 1998 on supporting families.

Act II of 2007 on the Entry and Stay of Third-Country Nationals.

Chzhen, Y., Gromada, A., & Rees, G. (2019). Are the world’s richest countries family friendly? Policy in the OECD and EU, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.

OECD (2020), FDI stocks (indicator). doi: 10.1787/80eca1f9-en (Accessed on 15 September 2020).

OECD (2020), Income inequality (indicator). doi: 10.1787/459aa7f1-en (Accessed on 16 September 2020).

OECD (2020), Price level indices (indicator). doi: 10.1787/c0266784-en (Accessed on 16 September 2020).

The Government Decree 16/2016 (II. 10.) on housing subsidies related to the construction and purchase of new dwellings.

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