Usually, if someone’s country of origin is different from their place of residence and place of work, it is possible to acquire dual citizenship. However, Hungarians living in Slovakia do not have the opportunity to do so. Slovak Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Martin Klus mentioned Abkhazia, Eastern Ukraine, the Donets Basin, and other similar war areas, among others, explaining why Hungarians living in Slovakia cannot have dual citizenship.
Martin Klus, a right-wing SaS politician, wrote on his social media page: “Every Slovakian who speaks or acts for foreign power … is dangerous to his own country.” The Dual Citizenship Act came into force in 2010. Since then, more than 3,500 people have lost their Slovakian citizenship, writes Index.hu.
The latest decision of the Slovak government overrides this action. Under the new law, those who have lived in another country for at least five years can regain their Slovak citizenship. However, this regulation does not apply to everyone.
Hungarians in Upper Hungary are not subject to this law as they have not changed their place of residence.
“The amendment to the law that has just been passed shows that the whole effort was directed against Hungarians from the very beginning,” said György Gyimesi, a Slovak government coalition representative of Hungarian nationality. Gyimesi sees this measure as a double standard.
Most-Híd also bears great responsibility, as they have done nothing to resolve the situation in the last four years, even though they have had the opportunity to do so from a government position. József Berényi, the advisor to Prime Minister Igor Matovič, did not react to the government’s decision.
In their statement, the Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) says: “the adopted resolution is not a solution from the point of view of the Hungarian community.” The MKP continues to insist on the amendments previously indicated when the law was still in the preparatory phase. However, these were not taken into account, neither back then nor now.
Martin Klus had previously indicated, during the Russian intervention in Crimea, what would happen if a similar thing happened between Slovakia and Hungary.
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