During the last 20 years, hopes in making Hungarian an official language in Romania have increased, especially in areas where they represent a majority of the population, Romania-insider reports.
According to Romania-insider reports, ethnic Hungarians account for 5.6 percent of the Romania’s population – or about 1.2 million people, according to the 2011 census preliminary data. Hungarians are in the majority in the counties of Harghita, – 84.8 percent, Covasna – 73.6 percent, while they are also numerous in the counties of Mures, Satu Mare, Bihor and Salaj – between 23 and 37 percent. Late last year, around 10,000 people protested in Hungary and Romania, demanding autonomy for the 1.2 million ethnic Hungarians living in Romania.
Romanian-language education in Sfantu Gheorghe, in Central Romania, in an area majority inhabited by the Hungarian minority, will be concentrated in the future in five schools instead of six.
Romania-insider news portal said, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (Romániai Magyar Demokrata Szövetség – RMDSZ) hopes to make Magyar, the Hungarian language, an official regional language in Romania in the next 20 years, according to Kovacs Peter, secretary general of UDMR. To achieve this target, Hungarian politicians in Romania would need a change in the Constitution and the support of Romanian politicians. Kovacs said Hungarian could become an official language in the areas where the Hungarian population is more dense, in the regions of Bihor, Satu Mare and Salaj.
“With small steps we have climbed from zero linguistic rights in 1989 to 64 linguistic rights and we don’t want to stop here. In the long term, our target is to have Hungarian an official language regionally. If we look at the timeline of zero to 64 linguistic rights in 22 years, we should make our language official in some regions in 20 years,” said Kovacs Peter.
Hungarians in Romania, which are more numerous in the Central area of the country, already have classes in their mother tongue, as well as bilingual street signs in the counties where ethnic Hungarians make up the majority of inhabitants.
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