E.g., 07/31/2016
E.g., 07/31/2016

Country Resource - Hungary

Hungary

HU
  • Population.......................................................................9,919,128 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................-0.21% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate......................................................9.26 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate.................................................12.72 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate................................1.34 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups........Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census)

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Judit Juhasz of examines the forces that have made Hungary into a sending, transit, and destination country for migration.

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Judit Juhasz of examines the forces that have made Hungary into a sending, transit, and destination country for migration.