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Hungary well-prepared to care for migrants from vulnerable groups, says official

Hungary well-prepared to care for migrants from vulnerable groups, says official

Budapest, July 28 (MTI) – Hungary is well-prepared to care for migrants belonging to vulnerable groups, including families, unaccompanied minors and people with disabilities, the state secretary for social affairs and social cohesion said on Thursday.

With no EU funds available for the purpose, the related investments had to be financed from domestic resources, Károly Czibere told a press conference at the Röszke transit zone on the Serbian border. Over the past 12 months, the government spent 700 million forints (EUR 2.24m) on caring for unaccompanied minors. The capacity of a reception facility for minors in Fót near Budapest has been expanded from 34 to 200, the number of guardians and staff working with minors has been significantly increased and administrative deadlines shortened, he added.

Last year, 8,804 unaccompanied minors arrived in Hungary. Almost all of them were males, 90 percent came from Afghanistan and a significant portion was older than 16 years. This year, a few hundred minors arrived and only two of them were younger than 14, Czibere said.

Last year Hungary applied to the EU refugee fund for 3.5 billion forints worth of support to finance upgrading the network serving vulnerable groups but Brussels rejected the request arguing that there is no refugee crisis in Hungary, he added.

Photo: MTI

Source: MTI

2 Comments

  1. Helen ThomPsom

    Thank you!!!! Finally, this nightmare will be over! Thank God for you, you saved our lives!!!!

  2. Helen Thompson

    Re: prior comment, last name spelled wrong= correct spelling isnThompson, which is mynname by a previos marriage. Helen Remesi is my maiden name and I am an automatic Hungarian citizen by birth due to my father being 100% Hungarian, born 1926 and raised in Kislod, Hungary and I am proud to be a Hungarian Citiizen due to being born March 8th, 1957 and being able to bury, my now
    deceased father’s ashes, with his mother, who died in childbirth, when he was 2 years old.
    Thank you!!

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