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Budapest, August 5 (MTI) – Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén on Friday encouraged ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine to take Hungarian citizenship, saying they are all entitled to it.

Semjén told the press after meeting 55 ethnic Hungarian children from western Ukraine in parliament that having a Hungarian passport would guarantee them security. It is also an opportunity to become a European citizen with full rights, he added.

The number of citizenship applications submitted so far is over 750,000 and expected to reach 800,000 by the end of the year, Semjén said. More than 700,000 people have already taken the citizenship oath, he added.

In a message to ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia and Ukraine, he said that even though some countries currently do not recognise dual citizenship, this practice in unsustainable in the long run. Just like it has already happened in the Czech Republic, recognising dual citizenship is only a matter of time in Slovakia, he added.

Ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine are in a war situation through no fault of their own, bearing no responsibility for the events in the Crimea and Donetsk, he said. They are always welcome in Hungary and will be safe here, he added.

Hungary will grant citizenship to every Hungarian who applies for it but will not give out the names to anybody, as this information is “practically state secret”, he said.

Source: MTI

  1. Typical .That E U is getting worse by the day Fancy bringing Ukraine in an uncertain situation the last thing they need is more people. There is a deliberation here .the refugee crisis is still ongoing and Turkey is doing nothing about it 300 have been returned WOW..The sooner the EU breaks down the better for all of us and I suggest all those who want to stay and remain ,go and live in Europe .and leave us alone to enjoy a beautiful better future with out dictators who have no intention of reforming the EU. .They the EU will have no reform and those pathetic deals which Cameron made are not legally binding and they will take us in the shengen area ,believe you me ,.Big Europia is what these unelected corrupt beurocrats want no game with me ,and unless we vote OUT I see an Islamic state appearing and Islam taking over

  2. I think PM Orbán is brilliant.
    Hopefully when Fico is no longer this dual citizenship law will change.
    Smer party has to go!

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