A roundtable discussion entitled “Unity in the Diaspora” was held in Innsbruck on Saturday for Hungarian organizations in Western Austria, with Katalin Szili, the Prime Minister’s Advisor, as the main patron.
Among the invited guests of the roundtable discussion of the Hungarian Association of Salzburg (SalzUng) and the Consulate General of Hungary in Innsbruck were Erzsébet Wurst, from the Central Association of Hungarian Organisations in Austria, Christian J. Winder and Honorary Consul of Hungary in Innsbruck.
Katalin Szili gave a lecture at the meeting on the topic of National Cohesion and the Protection of National Minorities, in which she stressed that “for 12 years the Hungarian people have shown that they are a nation that acts, and therefore we have strengthened the Hungarian institutional system abroad, we care for our communities, and we have made the homeland a place of preservation.
Katalin Szili at an earlier event. MTI/Filep István
Thanks to simplified naturalization, nearly 1.2 million Hungarians abroad have been granted citizenship. Last year, 318 083 Hungarians from abroad exercised their right to vote.
The Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser also said that since 2010 the Government, through the State Secretariat for National Policy, had supported the activities of more than 5,000 Hungarian organizations and institutions abroad, and was also providing 300,000 children with quality education in their mother tongue. “Our strategic goal is to unite the nation, and this is also ensured by the fact that the State Secretariat for National Policy has proclaimed 2023 as the Year of the Caring Nation. The aim remains to work together, to achieve common results and to protect the security of families,” she said.
She also maintained that for the Hungarian minorities and diaspora abroad “the acquisition of Hungarian citizenship was important and a priority”.
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