Hungarians living outside the Carpathian Basin need churches and schools, too

The massive emigration of recent years has created a new situation in national policy. Now there are Hungarian communities with tens of thousands of people living in Western Europe and overseas. However, these modern emigrant groups do not get organized support from the motherland, the government has neither a clear intention nor an action plan to do so, writes Jobbik MP István Szávay in his press release on Sunday.

According to the politician of the largest opposition party, we must face the fact that a significant share of the emigrants cannot or does not want to return to the motherland in the foreseeable future, which means that it is the task of the Hungarian state to help their education as well as their spiritual and cultural activities. In order to do so, special institutions must be set up with the appropriate funds. István Szávay promised that if his party got into power, he would immediately start the establishment of such institutions.

During his Dublin visit, the Jobbik MP was once again convinced by the unanimous opinions of the affected Hungarian organizations that a Hungarian House should be set up with the help of the motherland. Such a facility could then host several excellent Hungarian institutions and programmes, including the Hungarian School and Kindergarten of Dublin, which currently runs weekend education courses to help local Hungarian families in preserving their identity. The leaders of the school have already prepared a special curriculum which could serve as an example for other Hungarian education institutions abroad. István Szávay expressed his hope that the Hungarian government would accept the propositions.

The politician also mentioned that Jobbik’s Dublin Friendship Group was established on 13th May, thus becoming the movement’s seventh foreign group after Munich, New York, London, Vienna, Zurich and Bristol. The discussions with our new members again raised the issue of their difficulties to participate in the Hungarian elections, namely, the problem that those who live far away from European capitals are still required to cast their ballots in the Hungarian embassies, which means an expensive and tiresome journey for them each time. So, Jobbik once again calls upon the Hungarian government to live up to its earlier promises and put this matter on the agenda so that our compatriots who were forced into economic emigration could vote by post, a right already enjoyed by other brothers and sisters living in Hungary’s neighbour countries.


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