It is Hungary’s duty to protect all Hungarians around the world, no matter where they live, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said at an awards ceremony for ethnic Hungarians abroad held in parliament on Friday.
Semjén said Hungary should follow the example of Israel which uses all its influence to protect Jews all over the world and offers them a home if they are persecuted anywhere, he said.
Of the 11 recipients of the awards recognising emblematic representatives of Hungary around the world, he highlighted the ethnic Hungarian community of Venezuela which he said lives under chaotic, uncertain circumstances, in a dictatorship. He said the message to this community is that they are always welcome to move to Hungary, even with their families, some of whom might not speak Hungarian, and they will receive every possible help to settle down.
He noted that the awards last year mostly went to ethnic Hungarians who are persecuted and under attack in Romania by seemingly legal methods. This trend has not yet ended, which is why this year’s list of recipients includes former deputy mayor of Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár) Anna Horváth, in order to demonstrate Hungary’s support for her, he added.