Hungary will maintain its largest-ever humanitarian scheme supporting the victims of the war in Ukraine and will continue helping persecuted Christians around the world, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Brussels on Monday.
The ministry cited Szijjártó telling the European Humanitarian Forum that the government’s humanitarian strategy was determined by the proximity of the war in Ukraine and Hungary’s over thousand-year Christian statehood.
Hungary was carrying out the largest humanitarian scheme in its history, Szijjártó told the forum, noting that around 1.1 million people had fled Ukraine through Hungary so far. Those that wish to stay in Hungary get help from the authorities to find jobs and access health services and education. As a result, some 1,300 schools and kindergarten have received Ukrainian children so far, the foreign minister said.
“Last year we spent more than 100 million euros for this purpose and we will continue our largest ever humanitarian scheme, as long as it is necessary.”
He said that Christianity was the most persecuted religion in the world, with many communities suffering persecution and discrimination on a daily basis.
The government has launched the Hungary Helps scheme, under the arrangement of which 80 million US dollars have been provided so far to help over one million Christians to stay in their home or return there.
Hungary will also continue this scheme as long as it is needed, he added.
Our Politicians keep on banging on about the number of Ukrainian refugees we are helping.
At least, there’s now the recognition that we helped the Ukrainians flee THROUGH Hungary (and not “TO” https://www.statista.com/statistics/1312584/ukrainian-refugees-by-country/ – you will have to click to the second page because so few Ukrainians decide to stay here). In and out, again.
Curious if the schools offer Russian and Ukrainian language curriculums – set the example!
Right on! A big tick of approval.
So true, and it’s not just those Ukrainian Hungarian refugees who moved on, even the illegals don’t plan to come (and stay) in Hungary. Hungary is just a planned thoroughfare, and even if Orbán paid them to stay, he’d have very little luck.
The pastures are greener in other European countries – even to most of us!