The work "Den Bach runter" (down the drain) reports on a special trend: Germans emigrating to Hungary due to a fear of foreign infiltration, to a country that has closed its borders and does not hide its hostility to the EU. It tells of people who are strangers in their new homeland and who are united in their conviction that they can observe Germany‘s downfall from a peaceful island.
For many German immigrants a guarantee of security and order: The Hungarian border fence with Serbia.
The Polgárőrség, a Hungarian auxiliary police, is taking care of security in the villages
On the left: Heinz-Jörg from Bavaria, who has been living at Lake Balaton since 2012.
On the right: Magazines and newspapers, including the German "BILD" with the title "Our Society is going down the drain"
"I'm watching the downfall of
Germany from the outside and
am thankful that I can live in Hungary in peace
and without fear ”- Marliese
Posters of a campaign for the 2019 election for the European Parliament
"House to sell" in German and in Hungarian. The prices for a house start at 10.000 EUR
On the left: A German "Stammtisch" at Lake Balaton
On the right: Heinz-Jörg from Bavaria lives in Hungary since 2012. He got to know his girlfriend while she was on holidays at Lake Balaton. 2017 they moved together.
"Escaping as long as it's still possible"
- Hans Fichtel, at Lake Balaton since 2019
A "goodbye" sign in German and Hungarian at the exit of a Hungarian village. Victor Orbán announced, in his 2017 address to the nation, that Germans who are concerned about the influx of Muslim migrants and feel alien in their homeland, are welcome in Hungary at any time.
"I assume that there is going to be a civil war in Germany in the foreseeable future."
- Ralf Herriger, since 2016 at Lake Balaton
- Rüdiger, since 2016 at Lake Balaton
"It's nice that some Germans and Austrians or Swiss have now set up their own business here and produce sausages or bread as we know it in Germany." - Rüdiger, since 2016 at Lake Balaton
“Viktor Orbán is the best president in the world. I would kiss his hands and feet at any time. "
Carmen Fröhlich lives in a caravan about 20 km south of Lake Balaton because her house is contaminated with asbestos and she cannot afford to renovate it