On Thursday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán received members of the Hungarian Diaspora Council at the Carmelite Monastery. In his welcome speech and in the informal discussion that followed, the threats to Hungary’s security and sovereignty were addressed.
The prime minister believes that the next 10-15 years will be about defending sovereignty, not only in Hungary, but also in many other regions of the world. “There will be a big debate on the law on the protection of sovereignty, but we need to establish clear prohibitions to prevent foreign money from influencing Hungarian elections,” he said. He also asked for the support of delegates representing the Hungarian diaspora to “preserve Hungary as one of the safest states in the world, even in the face of the current war and migration challenges.”
At the event, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén announced
the launch of the “Homecoming” portal as part of the public administration service package to support returning home from abroad.
In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that in addition to Hungarians living in the Carpathian Basin, the government is also paying special attention to the situation of Hungarians living in Western Europe and the diaspora. Since the mid-2010s, the rate of remigration to Hungary has been accelerating, with the number of those returning to Hungary now consistently exceeding 20,000 a year, the statement reads. The government wants to support and strengthen this process, and has therefore decided to introduce a comprehensive package of services to help people return home, providing solutions to a number of life situations.
The portal, launched on Thursday, is an easy-to-use website that provides clear answers to the tasks involved in moving home, and in many cases, allows for the electronic preparation and launch of certain types of procedures.
It has been developed by testing similar services in 36 countries and making good solutions available to Hungarians, the Prime Minister’s Office wrote.
They added that the government has also completed the review of seventy administrative procedures. As a result, several administrative procedures will be facilitated, for example, official translations will not be required for English, German, and French birth certificates, and translation fees will be reduced.
Via MTI, Featured image: MTI/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Fischer Zoltán